Art Deco is an international decorative arts movement that spanned the boom of the roaring 1920s through to the 1940s. Its eclectic style is characterised by its rich colours, bold geometric shapes and lavish ornamentation. Art Deco first emerged in France and took its name from the Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs et Industriels Moderns, an exhibition held in Paris in 1925. Painting styles such as Cubism and Futurism were a major influence in the development of the movement.
Just as the fashion styles changed to suit the era, so did jewellery. Jewellery needed to flatter and be more streamlined – geometric patterns were very much vogue. The vibrant colours of diamonds, rubies, sapphires and emeralds made them the stones of choice. The most common engagement ring stone cuts were emerald, asscher and baguette. The use of these high-quality stones matched the booming economy at that time.
One fashion trend that emerged was hair ornamentation. Shorter women’s hairstyles meant they could no longer create elaborate styles with their own hair. This led jewellers to produce tiaras, clips and combs, which became all the rage. Earrings also became longer as the hairstyles got shorter.
Art Deco jewellery is very much in demand at the moment. Being elegant and unique, it meets the needs of the modern woman perfectly. It is also in short supply, which naturally makes it more desirable.