Art Deco Jewellery
Art Deco Jewellery began with the Art Deco movement which started in the 1920s from the Art Exhibition in Paris. It had a great influence on the jewellery styles which was often bold colours and geometric shapes.
Actually, majority of vintage jewellery from the 1920’s and 30’s are in thrall to geometry, circles, arcs, squares, rectangles and triangles and so on.
Materials used for jewellery in the Art Deco style ranged from rubies, gold, pearls to plastic, chrome and steel. Platinum was the new luxury metal used with opaque stones like coral, jade, onyx and lapis lazuli.
1920s vintage is also glorious Coco Chanel and Elsa Schiapelli costume jewellery, including famous long beadings and multilayered pearls.
René Lalique created glass jewellery in the 1920’s and 30’s, moulded some of his pendants with romantic women;
The motifs of jewellery in Art Deco style range from the sublime to the ridiculous: from stunning geometric configurations of paste to funny cherries dangling from a wooden bar. The former has borrowed its subject from deluxe jewellery of the time, but the latter, a joke, has come about more or less on its own. Art Deco costume jewellery from gentle playful fawns and playful plastic Scotty dogs to paste, turquoise and Marchasite Chinamen and elegant, gilt metal cloche hatted vamps.
Flowers in every possible colour, combinations and variety sprouted on gilt metal or silver brooches and pendants, their paste petals glittering shamelessly.
Some of the most desirable vintage jewellery for collectors of today are the Jean Després creations from 20s and 30s, whose machine age aesthetic looks very masculine, but it was well-suited to the Jazz Age, to the increasingly strong image of the liberated, at times ‘men like’ women.
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