Art Deco Jewelry

Posted on July 14, 2016 Under Jewelry History



BEBLLP-02Geometric lines, symmetry, diamonds set in platinum, and filigree work are just some of the iconic components found in the Art Deco period’s stunning jewelry. The Deco period ranges from the 1920’s-1930’s, or primarily the time between WWI & WWII. The period was officially named in 1925 at the Exposition International des Arts Décoratifs et Industriels Modernes, which translates into ‘International Exhibition of Modern Decorative and Industrial Arts.’ The name of the exhibition was taken and simplified into Art Deco, a timeless name which has yet to be forgotten.

The roaring twenties was a time of economic prosperity, allowing people to travel leisurely & exposing them to other cultures and museums. Archaeology was also a point of interest, as the tomb of King Tut was excavated in 1922. This exposure to the ancient world led to inspiration drawn from ancient cultures, such as the Greeks, Romans, and Egyptians. Motifs found in these ancient artifacts can often be found in Art Deco artwork, architecture, and jewelry. This movement was also inspired by the innovations in industry & technology during that time.

Jewelry from this era is often made from platinum and set with Old European Cut Diamonds. The sleek look of white metal was a modern change from the earlier use of yellow gold found in Nouveau and Victorian Era jewelry. Accent stones were most commonly among the big 3: sapphires, rubies, or emeralds. Sapphires were very popular, as the dark blue tones added nice contrast against the white metal and diamonds. Each piece of jewelry was constructed with pristine geometry and symmetrical detail in mind. Dinner rings, which are elongated rings usually adorned with filigree, engraving, diamonds and or accent gemstones, were very fashionable pieces during this era. Rock crystal, also known as colorless quartz, is often found set in filigree pendants and bracelets during this period.