Art Deco

Based on a lecture given by Clare we are to pick a topic from the Art Deco movement.  I chose Art Deco Jewellery. I find the style during that era very classy and eye-catching. The Flapper girls mostly wear long pearl necklaces but I find the cubist-inspired designs very appealing and would be stylish even for today. A little about Art Deco:

It  is an influential visual arts design style that first appeared in France just before World War I. It began flourishing internationally in the 1920s, 1930s and 1940s .It took its name, short for Arts Décoratifs, from the Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs et Industriels Modernes (International Exposition of Modern Decorative and Industrial Arts) held in Paris in 1925.It is a style that combines traditional craft motifs with Machine Age imagery and materials. The style is often characterized by rich colours, bold geometric shapes and lavish ornamentation. After the war, there were shortages of wood and metal so they came up with plastic as a substitute.

Art Deco represented luxury, glamour, exuberance and faith in social and technological progress.

(Taken from (Accessed 8/1/16)

Here is a brief look at Art Deco jewellery:

(Taken from: 8/1/17)

The term “Cubism” was often used to describe jewelry of this era because of the angles, geometric lines and figurative representations used in its execution.They eliminated the flowing lines of Art Nouveau and distilled designs to their rudimentary geometric essence, thus eliminating seemingly unnecessary ornament. It resulted in cleaner and more rigid lines employed in Art Deco jewellery. A look forward toward modernism and the machine age also featured prominently at this juncture in jewellery history.

They discovered the tomb of Tutankhamen at the Valley of the Kings in Egypt. It influenced their design motifs during this period. Figurative representations of lotus blossoms, pyramids, the eye of Horus, scarabs, nearly anything from the ancient time of the Pharaohs. Notable jewelers working during this period adapted Egyptian influences into their designs. Entire scenes of ancient Egyptian life played out over bracelets, rendered in new color combinations created by combining lapis lazuli with gold and cornelian with turquoise. A sample of an Egyptian jewellery:


Egyptian Revival Scarab Brooch

Below are some images of Art Deco jewellery:

Cartier Art Deco Pendant

Diamond Onyx Earrings

An image showing the style of the women during that era.

More samples of jewellery inspired by that era:

Taken from: (By Audrey Friedman)





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