The origin of “Art Deco” comes from a French word that represents a significant progress of the city in the aspects of architecture, design, fashion and luxury. The bold and edgy designs were popularised in the 1920-30s and still inspires jewellery designers today.
Symmetrical and Geometic
Strong visual designs, such as the architecture of the Chrysler and Empire State Building in New York, represented the rise of city life and societal changes in the 1920-30s. Circles, pyramids, edgy squares, symmetrical polygons and all other geometric styles are likewise incorporated in jewellery design.
Cradle of Diamonds by Shanghai Kimberlite Diamond Co Ltd, China
Left: Art Deco Ring with Tahitain Pearls in the motif in a castle by Aspire Designs Ltd, Hong Kong
Right: Art Deco Cufflinks with Diamonds, Sapphires in Platinum by M. Khordipour Inc, Thailand
Societal changes and the development of individualism of women in the 1920s influenced the craftsmen in jewellery and accessories design in that jewellery was worn not only as a sign of wealth but also of wisdom and one’s attitude towards life. Therefore, wearing long dangle earrings, cocktail rings and pendants set with gemstones and diamonds stood out as a bold statement.
Round Tanzanite Pendant with diamonds by Alberto Collection, USA
Rich, vivid coloured gemstones in asscher, baguettes, emerald, princess, and trilliant cuts are perfect for bold statement jewellery with sharp angles. High-end emeralds, sapphires and rubies are common in art deco masterpieces, not only because of their value, but also because of their vibrant and vivid colours.
Art Deco Ring by Antika, Thailand
Antique and Vintage
The art deco style projects a very unique and complicated character influenced by ancient Africa, China, Egypt, and Greece. It blends contemporary art with the spirit of ancient beauty. Museums, auctions and private collectors are keen to find antique pieces in art deco styles originating in the 1920s; there are also new designers making pieces inspired by this ever-green vintage style in its modern way with more affordable materials.
Art Deco diamond, sapphire and emerald "belly" (bracelet) by Dumont Estate Jewelry, USA
Left: One Mine Diamond Ring by Neli Gems Corp, USA
Right: Vintage Open Work Design by Prowico Co Ltd, Thailand
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