Art Deco Jewellery

Art Deco Jewellery

Throughout the 1930s, designs moved from dark and heavy to silver, white, ivory and transparent diamond settings. By the end of the 1930s, gold-set gemstones were once again fashionable, something that hadn't been seen since before the 1900s.

Art Deco jewellery emerged in the 1920s and flourished throughout the 1930s, reflecting the societal and cultural shifts of the time. It was heavily influenced by the modernist movements in art, architecture, and design. Here's a concise overview:

The term "Art Deco" originates from the 1925 Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs et Industriels Modernes held in Paris, where the style gained widespread recognition. Art Deco jewellery drew inspiration from various sources, including Cubism, Futurism, ancient Egyptian and Aztec art, as well as the geometric forms of the machine age.

Art Deco jewellery is characterised by geometric shapes, symmetrical patterns, and bold colours. Precious metals like platinum and white gold were favoured, often adorned with vibrant gemstones such as diamonds, emeralds, sapphires, and rubies.

Advancements in technology during the early 20th century, such as the discovery of new gem-cutting techniques and the introduction of electric tools for jewellery-making, allowed artisans to create intricate designs with greater precision.

Art Deco jewellery gained popularity among the wealthy elite and celebrities of the time, including film stars like Greta Garbo and Joan Crawford, who often wore elaborate Art Deco pieces both on and off the screen. This further propelled the style into the mainstream.

Although the Art Deco era came to an end with the onset of World War II, its influence on jewellery design has endured. Art Deco pieces remain highly sought after by collectors and continue to inspire contemporary jewellery designers with their timeless elegance and bold aesthetic.

Art Deco jewellery stands as a testament to the creativity and innovation of the interwar period, encapsulating the spirit of modernity and sophistication that defined the era.

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