Collecting Vintage 1960’s Enamel Flower Power Jewelry

I’m always on the lookout for reasonably priced jewelry and usually have success finding a piece or two when I’m out vintage shopping.

If you’ve ever looked for vintage jewelry that shouts, “I am here!” or “I am happy!” then 1960’s era “flower power” pins, necklaces, and earrings offer just that kind of sensibility. Who doesn’t want to feel happy? So today I’m delving into the topic of collecting vintage 1960’s “flower power” jewelry.  

Collecting 1960s Flower Power Enamel Pins adirondackgirlatheart.com

In some senses, it’s hard to believe that these bright and bold pieces of jewelry came into style on the heels of the very conservative 50’s.

But as most of us know, the 60’s birthed an era of freedom from stodgey styles and released a generation into a freshness symbolized best by flowers, particularly the daisy.

Enamel Flower Power Pin Examples

Vintage enamel flower power jewelry

Many of the most popular pieces from the 60’s were take-offs on this simplest of flowers. Constructed of molded steel and enamel paint, they offered a low cost way for everyone to particpate in the colorful style of the age. 

Vintage enamel flower power pins costume jewelry

The term “flower power,” coined by Beatnik, Allen Ginsberg in the mid-1960’s, captured that generation’s opposition to the Vietnam war and their embrace of passivism.

Reflected in their clothing and accessories, embroidered flowers embellished their jeans, wildflower crowns adorned their heads, and enamel pins decorated their jean jackets.

Cultural Influences on Enamel Flower Jewelry

Andy Warhol, Flowers, 1970

Andy Warhol’s Pop Art strongly influenced the fashion trends of the 60’s and 70’s. Rather obvious when you see his vivid screenprinted flowers juxtoposed against the flower power jewelry.

One of the leading designers of the day, Englishwoman Mary Quant, introduced [scandoulous] mini-skirts, hot pants, and tights to legions of teenagers and young women who readily took to the fashions.

The same brilliant colors and daring fashion sense is reflected in flower power jewelry. In fact, Mary Quant’s iconic logo is a five petaled flower.

Mary Quant quote about 1960s fashion

Quant ultimately became identified with the Mod style and continued designing right up until the year 2000. 

Vintage enamel flower power jewelry

One of the beauties of so called “flower power” jewelry is its relative low cost for those of us who enjoy it today. In antique shops and on Etsy, expect to find pieces priced from about $10 on up.

But you can find some real deals on eBay where large lots often sell for low prices that calculate to $1 or $2 per piece. You’ll find similar prices at garage sales, which is where I get most of my pieces.

Create Wedding Bouquets with Enamel Flower Pins

Vintage enamel pin wedding bouquet Melissas Antiques

Wear these little works of art on lapels, scarves, and hand bags. Collect a few in complimentary shades and frame them, or do what many brides do, including my friend Melissa (Melissa’s Antiques), and create stunning wedding bouquets and corsages.

In fact, you can find a tutorial on how to make flower power bridal bouquets, so you can make your very own.

Vintage enamel flower power jewelry

For wearing, look for pins in great condition (no chips in the enamel), in beautiful colors that promise to compliment your wardrobe. But for craft projects or wedding bouquets, imperfect examples like the ones you see here, can often be found dirt cheap. 

To prevent chips and scratches, handle pieces gently. To clean, brush with a soft brush or rinse with water, lightly brush, and dry immediately with a soft cloth. 

More Flower Power Enamel Pin Examples

Vintage Enamel Flower Power Costume Jewelry

While necklaces from this period are rarer, they hold their own charm, like this cluster of flowers with rhinestones. SOLD ($14.99)

Vintage Enamel Flower Power Costume Jewelry (11)

This carnation, also enameled, but not quite as cheery as the others, likely dates to the 1970’s. SOLD $12.99

Vintage enamel flower power jewelry

And this chrome version manages to be cheerful and fun, despite the absence of color. 

Vintage flower power enamel jewelry Sarah Coventry, one of the main producers of this style of jewelry, sold both this large pin and clip-on earrings–pretty but toned-down versions of some of the other pieces. The center pin available in my Vintage Shop in the Jewelry section. 

Vintage Enamel Flower Power Costume Jewelry

I imagine these black clip-ons transformed into either cocktail rings or pierced earrings–look for a related blog post coming soon(!).

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If wearing large pins (or brooches) feels like a fashion leap for you, check out Becky Stone’s blog post, How to Wear a Brooch. She blogs at Diamond in the Rough and offers thirteen ideas for styling large pins with every day, work, and evening fashions.

And for one more darling crafty idea, check out Jennifer Perkin’s delightful topiary. You’re gonna love it.

Thanks for joining me today and sharing some of the history behind flower power enamel jewelry. What’s your feeling on these bright, bold accessories? Yay or Nay? Own any yourself? If so, how do you style it? I’m dying to know πŸ™‚

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9 Comments

  1. I loved this blog entry. I also love and collect those 1960’s flower power pieces, but don’t often wear them. I often pick them up at church yard sales in my area for 10 cents or a quarter! I just love to look at all of my vintage brooch collection stored in my large vintage jewelry box. You have inspired me to get them out and wear them this spring! Thank you, Diana!

  2. I have always loved those bright fun pins! I’ll be on the look out for them this yard sale season!

    Tania

  3. OMG! My mom had quite a few pieces of this enamel flower jewelry. I remember her wearing it in the 60’s and 70’s. I am sure it all got sold at a yard sale ages ago. Thanks for sharing and bringing back happy memories. πŸ™‚

  4. Well, this post takes me back a ways! Yeah, I did have one or two flower power enamel pieces back in the day. I think I still have the white and yellow daisy earrings and pin but I’d have to look to see if I have any more. I still like the look although I don’t think to wear pins much. Don’t even dress up much anymore! Maybe I should drag out my pieces and frame them!

    It was fun going back in time with you!

  5. Lovely collection of flower jewellery! I love these enamel flower jewellery. I am great fan of these styles and want to add few them in my collection. Thanks for sharing.

  6. I have a specific question that perhaps you can help me with. Is it possible to contact you by phone?

    1. Feel free to send me a direct message via Instagram or Facebook. You can find me at both under Adirondack Girl at Heart πŸ™‚

  7. Hi love your flowers. I grew up in the 60s in NJ and remember my mom buying dish soap that gave free flower power pins on the bottle with purchase. They were usually two toned and simple but fun. I cannot find the info anywhere about what company had this promotion. Any ideas?

    1. That’s so fascinating to hear about flower power pins being given away as premiums. Unfortunately, I don’t have any info about that promotion.

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