Art Deco Jewellery
The Art Deco design movement had its beginnings in the late 1910s and early 1920ies. Heavily influenced by the preceding Art Nouveau period, the movement’s official beginning can be traced back to the Exibition International des Arts Décoratifs et Industriel Modernes, which was held in Paris in 1925. The name Art Deco was derived from an abbreviation for this ground-breaking exhibition. Although the world was still recovering from the devastations of the First World War, the 1920ies were a time of economic prosperity and long accepted social standards were questioned and redefined.
The Art Deco style is as intimately linked to these roaring 20ies as the advent of jazz music and the flapper. The style, which found its way into architecture, art, fashion as well as jewellery, was characterised by its heavy use of geometric patterns, mixture of modern and traditional materials and a definite interest in ancient cultures and exoticism. For jewellery, the Art Deco style relied heavily on several distinguishable design elements. Most jewels crafted during this time were cast in platinum and the diamonds set into these works of art were often cut in the old European style. Geometric designs and filigree patterns are found very regularly in jewels created in the style of Art Deco.
For your pleasure, we have picked some of our favourite Art Deco jewels. Read on and enjoy with us the exciting optimism and ravishing beauty of the roaring 20ies.