Art Deco jewelry is fun and funky- influenced heavily by geometric shapes- but where did it come from?
The art deco style became quite popular around 1925, after the World’s Fair was held in Paris, France. “Art Deco” is actually simply a shortened form of the name of the event: the International Exposition of Modern Industrial and Decorative Arts. The art deco style was popular until about the middle of the 1930s. In the 1980s, the art deco style became popular once again.
The style of art deco actually influenced more than jewelry. The influence was also seen in homes, vehicles, clothes, and skyscrapers. Geometric shapes such as rectangles, circles, squares, and triangles play a vital part in the art deco look. They are often intertwined to create sophisticated, tangled designs.
As mentioned, the art deco movement had an impact on the styles of jewelry. The art deco jewelry was created using the same geometric shapes seen in other elements. In fine jewelry, emeralds, sapphires, diamonds, and rubies were used. Costume jewelry was also influenced by art deco, but faux stones were used instead.
Some of the art deco jewelry was reminiscent of vegetation, animals, and other live subjects. These could be done in a stylized way or even realistically. Bakelike was commonly used in costume jewelry and bows/similar ornaments were made into jewelry.
Even the jewelry designers of today often recreate this art deco style. If you’re looking for a break from the norm- a fun and funky style of jewelry- choose an art deco piece. You’re sure to get your friends asking you all about it because art deco jewelry is very eye-catching.