The Art Deco style emerged in 1925 as a result of the exhibits at the World’s Fair held in Paris. Art Deco had strong roots in France, and its name is said to be a shortened form of the fair – Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs et Industriels Modernes (International Exposition of Modern Industrial and Decorative Arts).
Authentic Art Deco jewelry was made between 1925 and 1935 and remained popular till the late thirties. A product of the machine age, this style reemerged as one of the most popular styles of antique jewelry. The Art Deco style reflected the confident and freethinking spirit of the times. Jewelry, during this period, became a medium for women to express their unique personality.
This distinctive style of jewelry is marked by its geometry and symmetry. The jewelry of this time showcases clean lines, the use of colored gemstones and futuristic motifs. Much of the jewelry in this style featured diamonds in elaborate but elegant platinum or white gold settings. White gold actually made its debut during this era as an alternative to the highly priced platinum.
You will not find modern cut diamonds in Art Deco jewelry unless it is modified. Old European cut diamonds were the distinguishing elements in this style. Baguette cut, French cut and Asscher cut diamonds were introduced during this era. Caliber cut stones were also an important part of the art deco jewelry designs. They are custom gemstones that are cut to fit snugly into a jewelry design accentuating the overall design of the piece.
Art Deco jewelry is stylish, fun and comes bearing its own exceptional persona. Original pieces from the era are hard to find but skilled jewelers have created dazzling jewelry drawing inspiration from these incredible designs. The aesthetics of Art Deco continues to influence contemporary jewelry designs. Such pieces will make a fabulous choice for anyone looking at making a bold style statement.