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A Journey Through Time: The 1980s

By Madeline Strintz
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A Journey Through Time: The 1980s

In honour of our 75th anniversary, Holts Gems is taking a nostalgic journey through the decades that have shaped our industry. This week, we turn our attention to the dynamic and vibrant 1980s.

What happened in the 1980s?

1980s jewellery trends:

The 1980s marked a significant revival of coloured gemstones in the jewellery industry, sparked by Princess Diana's iconic sapphire engagement ring. Yellow gold became a dominant trend during this decade, reflecting a preference for bold and opulent styles. This era is often referred to as the "decade of excess," where more was considered better.

princess diana sapphire engagement ring

1980s bridal trends:

In terms of wedding trends, the 1980s showcased brides adorned in taffeta, frilly lace, and dresses with puffy shoulders and long trains. It was a time of romantic and elaborate wedding fashion.

Famous weddings of the 1980s:

The decade also witnessed notable celebrity weddings, including those of Charles and Diana, Madonna and Sean Penn, Diana Ross and Arne Naess, Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson.

charles and diana wedding daymodonna and sean penn wedding photodiana ross and arne naess wedding phototom hanks and rita wilson wedding photo

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Join us as we delve further into the fascinating history of jewellery and weddings in the next instalment of our anniversary series.

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