The Fabulous Fine Jewellery of the 1980s
by Jane Duncan, freelance writer
February 10 2021
The Sapphire Engagement Ring
On 6th February 1981, Diana Spencer, who was then working as a nursery assistant, became engaged to Prince Charles (although it wasn’t until two weeks later that the public were told).
Going For Gold
No self-respecting woman would be seen dead in silver in the 1980s. If you were buying jewellery, then it had to be gold. Spandau Ballet told you this as well! The cost of gold was somewhat prohibitive, however, when it came to making big statement pieces of jewellery. This is why the trend was for hollow chains and earrings, such as those worn by Neneh Cherry in the Buffalo Stance video. Jewellers were also using electroforming techniques to make gold stretch further without it being too weighty.