Unsurprisingly, the current period of contemporary jewellery is difficult to define. Society is changing rapidly, and today's jewellery reflects this; more pieces of art than symbols of tradition, less function and more fashion, '80s power suits with shoulder pads were in full force and jewellery grew in scale to match the 'more is more' aesthetic.
Contemporary jewellery is seen as a progressive art movement, with new styles appearing all the time. The early 21st century, saw a rise in flashy 'bling' pieces, but more recently the geometric '60s have been referenced in popular styles. A wide range of materials are used today - from precious and non-precious metals, precious and semi-precious gemstones, to plastic, glass, resin, clay, fabric and found objects.