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The Influence of Art Deco

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The Influence of Art Deco

Mary Van Buer

We've been reviewing Pinterest's result from their 2018 Wedding Trends: Sweet and Simple report. The top engagement ring trends are Moissanite, Art Deco, and Oval shapes based on increased in "pins" over the previous year. Art Deco takes the second spot on Pinterest’s list with a 173% increase in popularity.

Art Deco describes a style of art and design that appeared just before the first World War and dominated designs from the early 1920s through the 1930s. This era influenced everything from building concepts to appliances to jewelry.

The title "arts décoratifs" came into use in 1875 to describe designers of textiles, furniture, and other decorations; however it wasn’t until 1925 during Paris’s decorative arts exhibition, Exposition Internationale des Arts Decoratifs et Industrials Modernes, that the term “art deco” became widely use to describe the modern styles of the era. The designs that arose featured geometric and linear patterns that marked modern industry.

Art Deco inspiration began in Europe and quickly exploded in American, then across the world.

Completed in 1930, the Chrysler Building in New York City is one of several sky-scrappers of the time. From the lobby, to the elevators, to the distinctive crown - the seventy-seven-story building is considered a paragon of art deco architecture and design.

The Chrysler Building - Carol M. Highsmith's America, Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division.

Elevators inside the Chrysler Building - Elisa.rolle (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0], via Wikimedia Commons

The iconic Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro is a soapstone sculpture constructed between 1922 and 1931. It was created by a French sculptor and built with assistance from a Brazilian engineer, and French engineer, and a Romanian sculptor. The Art Deco influence can bee seen in the sculpture’s vertical lines and contrasting pedestal.

Christ the Redeemer atop Corcovado - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - By Nico Kaiser (Flickr) [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Jewelry was a large part of the Art Deco movement. During this period prominent jewelry designers began to showcase common elements of this age: strong geometric shapes and patterns, contrasting colors, and vertical lines.

Art Deco chandelier earrings made with platinum, emeralds, sapphires, and diamonds. - By GIA.edu

Geometric diamond and emerald bracelet - by Robert Weldon/GIA

In a departure from the diamond-dominated styles of the Art Nouveau and Edwardian eras, the use of colored gemstones like sapphire, emerald, and ruby became prolific. Black onyx, lapis lazuli, jade, turquoise, and topaz rose in popularity and were often carved or cut into cabochons.

This huge emerald is set in an art deco diamond and platinum pendant designed by Cartier. In 1931, Clarence Mackay gave the necklace as a wedding gift to his wife, Anna Case -- a prima donna at the New York Metropolitan Opera from 1909 to 1920. - By thisisbossi [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Additional materials were used including enamels and glass to create contrast in jewelry.

Art Deco buckle made of gold set with diamonds, lapis lazuli, jade, onyx and opal, from firm of Boucheron, Paris (1925) - By SiefkinDR (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Art Deco and Art Deco-inspired are the most-demanded of vintage engagement ring designs. Intricate settings in platinum and white gold reigned during this period. Accenting colored gemstones created the era’s signature contrast, and bold lines were prominent.

Old Mine Cut diamond set with emerald and diamond accents

Diamond ring with long baguette cut diamonds are milgrain detail

New Deco-inspired engagement ring from ever & ever

Feeling inspired by the styles of the Roaring Twenties? Art Deco jewelry is in high demand and vintage pieces are hard to come by, but not impossible. Put the word out to your favorite jewelers or dealers (did you know we have a selection of estate jewelry?). If you are looking for a specific design, many designers are replicating Art Deco jewelry. Book an appointment with us to start working on your Deco-inspired piece today!