By most of our industry’s standards, the Retro Era is considered the 40’s and 50’s, however the designs and their makers don’t change style in one felt swoop, and amazing examples of Retro jewelry are found from the 30’s onwards. In all fashion, vintage is considered 20 years older than the current time, and a lot of the Retro era can be placed in this category as well, as long as it is post WWII. The styles most popularly described as Retro are in retrospect of the Art Deco and Art Nouveau, and as with those movements the time’s technology drove many of the design choices, and the materials used there in. In the 30’s and 40’s, heavy larger metal work was common and indicates the aesthetic of tanks, and treads as well as the industrial aesthetics found in cars and architecture. Through the 50’s jewelry was worn to make a statement about the wealth and sprawl associated with the boom of a suburban life. Cocktail rings, large gold chains, heavy lyrical and fun pieces were designed and worn to celebrate the freedom of the upper middle-class. These approaches continued through the 90’s and can also be considered Retro if they represent what was happening in those years.