Simple Guide To Art Deco Jewelry

by Sasha t on Oct 14, 2020

Simple Guide To Art Deco Jewelry - Jack Weir & Sons

Simple Guide To Art Deco Jewelry 

Are you interested in Antique jewelry or would like to expand your collection? Consider learning more about Art Deco jewelry. This era is known for its lavish lifestyle, endless parties, dancing and flapper fashion. While finding authentic Art Deco pieces can be extremely difficult, we have a considerable collection, and would like to teach you more about this beautiful era.

In this blog post you will learn:

  • Art Deco History
  • Key characteristics 

Art Deco History 

Art Deco period is generally considered to be 1909 -1935s, however “The Roaring ‘20s” definitely highlights the era. As mentioned above, this was the era of Prohibition, secret societies, endless parties, cocktails, Charleston dance and charming flappers. 

Women of the time were the definite trend-starters. 

n 1920, women finally got the right to vote and this privilege made them more liberated, sophisticated and independent. They drank, they smoked and simply enjoyed the bohemian lifestyle. Flappers wore short skirts,  short hair and got rid of sleeves and collars to showcase their elongated necks and arms. Bright cosmetics, including rouge lipstick, were a hot trend. All these trends stimulated the Art Deco style to be heavily reflected in jewelry.

Key Characteristics

Geometric Shapes - Inspired by cubism and the architecture of that time, perfect symmetry and geometric patterns were often reflected in jewelry. This 1.77 Carat Emerald cut diamond platinum engagement ring is the perfect example of Art Deco geometric motifs.



Calibre Cut Stones - a technique where stones are custom cut to fit small openings in larger jewelry design. Calibre cut technique was often applied to fine color stones to compliment the main diamond.


Filigree - a type of delicate metal work that incorporates a lot of fine detail, diamonds, color stones and is often produced in platinum or white gold. Authentic filigree usually was made using die-cast machines, giving jewelry a clean, stamped look. Sometimes, wax moulds were used to produce a softer look.

Old European and Old Mine cut diamonds - people who favor antique jewelry refer to these diamonds of this cut as having an “inner fire” because of how they interact with light. Old cuts tend to have larger facets, smaller tables and open culets, creating a soft glow and spectacular shine. 
Platinum - cooler undertones were most desired during the Art deco period. Platinum became the most luxurious metal to be used in jewelry.


 The Bottom Line

Jewelry designers of the Art deco period were constantly inspired by the lavish lifestyle, creative spirits and industrial development. The outbreak of World War 2 decreased the desire for divine Art Deco jewelry. Although there was an attempt in the late 1940’s to revive the creative spirit of Art Deco, it was short-lived. To this day, there hasn't been a jewelry design movement as all-pervasive, mesmerizing and captivating as Art Deco. 

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