"Beatnik" was the key word for 1958, according to author Susie Dent, who studies such things. The beatnik revolution defines a movement by artists and writers against the establishment in the 50's and early 60s. Fashion reflected the sentiment. Women wore tight pants with loose shirts and sneakers, often all black clothing. There was an interest in beads, ethnic and handmade jewelry, and materials of choice were sterling and copper. Sleek studio jewelry of the earlier Modernist period provided a solid framework for the "hip cat" jewelry of the fifties.
This 1950s link bracelet combines the warmth of copper and the cool beauty of turquoise enamel. Calla leaves with crisply defined veins, parade in a line. They will look beautiful at any angle as they dance across your wrist. The underlying links are s-curves. 7 3/8" long, unsigned and very good condition.
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