The Art Deco period (1915-1935) is one of the most popular periods for vintage jewelry lovers. Read on and learn more about this strikingly beautiful design period, and view selections from our collection.
The Art Deco design period was marked by a new modern focus. It was a combination of many different styles, including Eastern Orientalism and Cubism. Some important figures in the world of Art Deco were glassmaker Lalique, French department store Printemps, and jewelry designer Cartier.
In the early Art Deco period, the main influences were bright, sometimes clashing, colors and shapes. As the era progressed, it was influenced by Eastern motifs and ancient art. The discovery of Tutankhamun’s tomb in Egypt sparked new interest in the designs of Ancient Egypt. This is seen in jewelry design with the use of onyx and lapis lazuli.
The luxurious essence of Art Deco jewelry is intentional; a key element of Art Deco design is modernity and luxury. The intricate designs of jewelry from this period reflect the desire for “portable wealth”. Diamonds combined with brightly colored gemstones such as rubies, emeralds or sapphires in geometric designs are heavily seen in this period.
The introduction of platinum to the fine jewelry world was revolutionary. It allowed jewelers to create pieces that lasted for years. Jade and emeralds were popular pairings with diamonds. Fashion changed frequently during this period and jewelry was never too far behind. Bracelets saw newfound popularity with the advent of sleeveless dresses. Shorter haircuts allowed for more decorative designs in earrings.
The Art Deco era is a period like no other. Its amalgam of many different styles into one gives it a unique charm and elegance. You’ll be sure to cherish any type of piece from this time, whether it be an engagement ring, statement bracelet, or pair of earrings. Our collection of Art Deco jewelry dates back to the beginning of the era in the late 1910s.
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