Art Deco is known as the most creative fusion of some art movements, including Art Nouveau and Neoclassicism. Its style has revolutionised a whole new era of extravagance and luxury in the industry of design, including jewellery design. Those authentic jewellery pieces that have originated from this period were made during 1920 until 1935 and have now re-emerged to become one of the most sought-after antique jewellery styles.
History of Art Deco
Art Deco is a collective term that refers to any object of conscious design, whether it is naive or sophisticated, usually created during the period between the World War I and World War II. To veer away from the grim realities of war, artists from all over the world have created futuristic, optimistic and sophisticated pieces of artwork, spilt into every branch of art, from architecture, furnishings to jewellery designs. Art Deco has introduced a wide array of bold designs. These designs are usually bold regarding form and colours, which leave behind highly embellished and stylized natural forms that were dominant in the Art Nouveau style, a period that came before Art Deco.
After the World War I has ended, artists from around the world have created designs that reflect hope and optimism for the future. France, being the fashion capital of the world, has organised an art exhibition that displays the artistic work of talented artists all over the world. Designers from various aspects of art, including jewellery, have presented their artistic creations in this exhibit. Among the most common factors that bind their artwork was flamboyance and exposed functionality.
Art Deco is a term that came from the name of the exhibit, “Arts Décoratifs”, although it only became popular after Bevis Hiller, a famous art historian and author, published a book that genuinely puts into life the art deco style movement.
Art Deco Trend for 2018
Most of the antique jewellery collections of today are inspired by the Art Deco style. These jewellery styles are once again becoming a trend in the jewellery industry. Here are some of the art deco design trends for jewellery this 2018.
Platinum and White Gold – most of the jewellery collections that were made during the Art Deco period were fashioned in white gold and platinum. White gold had made its first introduction to the public during the Art Deco period around the year 1915 when it was first invented to prevent the rising cost of platinum, as well as the rising demand for light coloured metals.
Geometric designs – Art deco jewellery came before the Edwardian era. However, it can be challenging to figure out the difference between these two eras because they have both incorporated platinum and antique diamonds. However, the most significant difference is that the Art deco design is more geometrical and symmetrical as compared to the Edwardian designs.
Filigree – the decoration is characterised by small intricate cut-outs that were not done quite so well unlike during the period of Art Deco. Filigree was only perfected during the late 1920s using die cast machines and was then made available during the 1930s. These jewellery designs have now incorporated several synthetic stones, including platinum, white gold and diamonds.
European Cut Diamonds – you will not find new round diamonds in authentic Art Deco style today unless it’s been modified. But there are other incredibly cut antique diamonds and the most notable of these is the Old European Cut diamonds.
Calibre cut stones – this is such an essential part of the Art Deco jewellery designs. These are custom gemstones that were specifically cut to fit within a particular jewellery design. They’re spaced tightly together against other metals and stones and often have quite an impact on the jewellery’s overall design.
Styles of Art Deco Jewellery
Art deco styles are often based on geometrical shapes, and the designs are usually symmetrical and straightforward. The motifs consist of repeated patterns of pyramids and other unusual ways. Cubism is also common and a throwback to the period of Art Nouveau period was often styled in a geometric cubist form.
The price of an art deco jewellery will depend on several factors, most especially the metals used. According to historians, the year 1920 is said to be a time of wealth. During this time, expensive pieces of jewellery have become more affordable and precious gems like sapphires, diamonds, emeralds and rubies were used to create jewellery pieces that look luxurious.
Nowadays, the cost of an art deco jewellery ranges from $500 to several thousands of dollars. The uniqueness of the art deco style means that jewellers are free to combine different materials to create exquisite looking jewellery. Others would use semi-precious and precious metals in their designs and would incorporate cheaper materials like aluminium and plastic to create a unique look that’s affordable for everyone. Some designers would also integrate machine parts into their jewellery designs, including ball bearings and other interesting trinkets.
The Art Deco Revival
The Art Deco style has lasted until the 1930s, but it was only during the 1940s that a significant shift in design was done. However, Art Deco has witnessed a significant revival during the late 1960s. Up until today, jewellery designers from around the world are continuously fascinated by this art movement and have incorporated it into various jewellery pieces, from rings, earrings, necklaces, pendants, bangles and bracelets.
You will find the Art Deco jewellery collections used for weddings and other important events. There’s also plenty of art deco jewellery that’s intended for everyday wear. Fashionable women can be seen wearing Art Deco bangles and bracelets line with diamonds, along with short sleeve dresses. Others would opt for a boyish haircut to flaunt their dazzling Art Deco long earrings popularized by Mademoiselle Chanel.
When shopping for art deco jewellery, be wary of the description that says “Art Deco Style.” If it was not indicated that the jewellery was made specifically during the early 20th century, then such jewellery is most likely a reproduction.