Learn how your comment data is processed. Bijoutiers-artistes emphasized design over intrinsic value. Their hems and their hair were getting shorter, their dresses were streamlined, vertical and sleeveless so they needed long earrings, and bangles they could wear all the way up the arm. Bennett, David & Mascetti, Daniela. Some of them are essential to the sites operation, but others are used to enhance your experience. New materials such as platinum and chromium were popular with cool white, flat, geometric shapes. My early exposure must have been influenced by the time I spent growing up in New York. Applications. The Art Deco period encompasses the 1920s and 1930s. For any jewellery lover, Art Deco is a well-loved and familiar era. See his works and learn more. The jewelry pieces created between the wars was fearlessly original—and still command high prices today. Taking up hard physical work in the absence of men required women to forgo their corsets, shorten their sleeves, cut their hair and raise their hemlines. For the first time in history, people were embracing the foreign and encouraging all things international, allowing designers and artists to reflect the attitudes of the time in their pieces. Marquise Diamond Art Deco Ring in Platinum. As a result of the role women played in the war, Victorian ideals were rejected, and women were emancipated, allowing them to vote, smoke, drink and engage with society in a way that could not have been imagined in years prior. In particular, the fascination with the orient also led to the use of exotic chromatic combinations, techniques and exotic materials such as the use of jadeite, mother-of-pearl, and coral. But how much do you actually understand about the origins of the period? Deeply influenced by the sleek yet feminine styles of the Art Deco period, I am constantly enamoured by its wonderful diversity and versatile adaptability to my modern lifestyle. Early Art Deco Diamond Dinner Ring, Circa 1916. All this fashion freedom allowed women to pursue sporting and leisure activities previously unavailable to them. Whenever I add an interesting piece to my own jewellery collection, I imagine the stories that each piece holds, hoping that someday, when I pass it along to my daughters, they will have wonderful stories to tell too. Somewhat unsurprisingly, international influences were soon coming thick and fast, with African-American culture including dance and jazz making their way into British culture. Art Deco jewellery to the 1950s Although buffeted by cycles of boom, depression and war, jewellery design between the 1920s and 1950s continued to be both innovative and glamorous. Known as the roaring 20s, this period of American history The simplicity of the dresses of the day meant they could be dressed up with long strands of beads. On December 11, it will go up for sale at Christie's New York, and the estimate is $200,000-$300,000. Br… The designs that followed were more popular than could ever be imagined by both jewellery and fashion industries in previous years. Egyptian motifs (popularized by newly discovered tombs of Pharaohs), oriental influences, speed motifs (airplanes, automobiles, arrows, panthers) and Lang Antiques - 309 Sutter Street - San Francisco, CA 94108 - (415) 982-2213 © 2001-2019 Lang Antiques, All Rights Reserved. All the French jewelers were immersed in Art Deco design, but each interpreted and emphasized different design themes of the times. often made from diamonds. years of more serious and somber fashion. Architects, painters, sculptors, an entire community of artists, shared ideas and designs, enriching each other’s disciplines and providing inspiration from an array of new sources. The trend has proven its longevity, and its timeless nature means that any investment in antique jewellery of Art Deco style would be beneficial for many years to come. The Hutton-Mdivani Necklace (Jadite) displayed by Sotheby's in Hong Kong, Photo: K. Y. Cheng/South China Morning Post via Getty Images. There is glamour for sure, and exquisite artistry, but the jewelry created during this time— a period of design some mark as beginning as early as 1915 but one that reached its height after WWI and continued into the 1930s—also tells the tale of a society breaking with the past and racing towards the future. Art Deco styling was most common in architecture, interior design, poster art, furniture, jewellery, textiles, fashion and industrial design, although it was also applied to the visual arts such as painting, and graphics.In architecture, the Art Deco look signalled something of a return to the symmetry and simplicity of Neoclassicism, but without its classical regularity.