Retro jewellery also called cocktail jewellery generally covers the period from the late 1930s to the 1940s.
It was a period of jewellery history which was greatly influenced by world war II.
Very little jewelry from the Villanovan Era, an Early Iron Age culture dating c.
1100 BC – 700 BC, has been discovered in modern times.
However, relatively little work is available combining elemental analysis with technological study; the principal exceptions are Lucas (1962) and Schorsch (1995) on jewellery from the burial of Wah, and Lilyquist (2003) on jewellery from the burial of the foreign wives of Thutmose III, while others are cited by Schorsch (2001).