Well, many flappers used jewelry with a metal clasp — and it’s worth noting that flappers were frequently very religious, and flappers were often very religious, and religious flappers may not have been “traditional.”
It’s a little hard to tell what kind of jewelry flappers wore in the early 1800s — it was easy to tell they were religious. And so, they likely didn’t wear jewelry of any kind at all.
But here’s what we can make out from the early history. In fact, you probably haven’t seen that picture yet — it’s from a pamphlet published by a group of young women in 1856 (in English!). Their names were listed and they were all about 19 or 20 years old.
It’s called “Tattoo History, Incorporated” and it shows 18-year-old Mary Davenport and 18-year-old Mary Macdonald talking about what they wore. The two flappers were both wearing pretty high-end pieces of jewelry designed for the kind of work they did.
Mary Macdonald says, “I put on a kind of a ring with three or five pieces of gold and am afraid it is my own.”
Mary Davenport says, “I had a bracelet with seven pieces of diamonds.”
If you click on any one of the images in this series and you have a better idea of what this jewelry might be, please let me know in the comments section below.
We’ve collected a lot of pictures from the 1856 pamphlet so far, so there are many more gems from that time. You can see a couple you’ve never seen before in the gallery at the end of the post.
Let’s turn back now to the women flappers you’ve already seen above. This is probably the last of the flapper pictures you’ll see. These girls in 1859 look like they’re wearing expensive jewelry. But they were also wearing the kind of jewelry you think about — they had small beads and bracelets and necklaces and earrings. They didn’t have rings.
They’re probably the same girls you’ve already heard from — if you saw photos from that time, then you’ve seen one. If you never saw them before, then here’s your chance — you now have the chance to find out who they are … and why they were so interesting.
If you want to see more of these early ladies wearing jewelry, I highly recommend reading about jewelry and
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