Art deco engagement rings have become a popular choice among couples looking for something unique with blend of an old world charm. Bold streamlined-geometric look is the main ingredient if Antique Art Deco jewelry.
Art Deco era got its name after the 1925 International Exposition of Modern Industrial and Decorative Arts, held in Paris, France.
The economic and social pressures that followed the First World War, brought with it a new style of jewelry. The art deco style first became popular in France during the interwar period of the 1920’s - 1930’s.
Technology was emerging, and Art Deco was part of the new "modern" look. It was an age of the machinery, the Jazz and the exploration.
Initially, Art Deco style influenced designs of buildings and structures, and later on it's effect was found on everything around - be it automobiles to clothing to jewelry.
But, the financial crash of 1929 accompanied by worldwide depression and Second World War led to untimely end of this popular jewelry style. As, due to these events, little was left with people to spend on luxury items of jewelry. However since the 1980’s, art deco jewelry has revived and has found new liking among people.
The art deco style was inspired by the art and architecture of the native Americans, ancient Egyptians, Asians, Greeks and Romans.Women's suffrage movement and the machine age influenced the designing of jewelry in that time. Women were independent and taking their own decisions, and this new found voice clearly reflected in jewelry.
Sleek, bold, clean cut and streamlined forms in jewelry conveyed elegance and sophistication. Bright, colorful and bold art deco jewelry was totally in contrast to pale and neutral Edwardian designs. Unlike Victorian engagement rings, there was nothing fancy or too much details or intricacies required in making art deco rings.
Art Deco jewelry motifs include geometric, Egyptian, Oriental, little bit of floral and abstract designs but with a balance look. Circles, triangles, squares and rectangles are creatively blended to create intricate beautiful designs.
Floral Motif Engagement Ring
An art deco ring looks unique with a plain motif in a simple setting. It stands apart with blend of non-traditional colors of gemstone, and abstract and linear geometric patterns.
Gemstones and Metals
Art deco jewelry was experimented with many metal and gemstones. The most popular gemstone during art deco period was solitaire diamond. Ruby, emerald and sapphire were also very popular - be it genuine or synthetic.
Diamond and Ruby Engagement Ring (left) Diamond and Sapphire Engagement Ring (right)
Diamond and Emerald Engagement Ring (left) Antique Diamond and Ruby Chandeliers (right)
Black onyx, mother of pearl, coral, ivory, jade, quartz, turquoise and lapis lazuli were used along with diamonds to create contrasting effect.
Lapis Lazulli Onyx Diamond Pendant
Silver and platinum were preferred as compared to yellow gold. However, yellow gold had its own place, and you can find wonderful antique art deco jewelry in yellow gold with detailed use of enamel. Platinum was a new metal and especially preferred for art deco engagement and wedding rings.
New diamond cuts - baguettes, emeralds, triangles - were produced and used in art deco jewelry. These cuts blended well with geometrical designs of art deco jewelry.
Channel setting and bead setting were used to make handmade jewelry. Engraving and mille grains were used extensively to create simple yet stunning jewelry. The jewelry was well finished and polished not only from front, but also from back part. Couples engraving personal symbols on art deco engagement rings was a known trend, and which still continues today.
Typical Characteristics of Antique Art Deco Jewelry
Anatomy of Antique Art Deco Engagement Ring
Things to Remember
I hope reading about art deco engagement ring will help you in choosing a perfect engagement ring for your love, and I’m sure she will certainly notice and appreciate the extra effort you have put in finding the perfect ring for her.