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Art Deco Jewelry

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Art Deco Sapphire and Diamond Broach

Art Deco Sapphire and Diamond Broach

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What dates represent the Art Deco period?:

Art Deco is a style that emerged in 1925, a result of exhibits at the World's Fair held in Paris, France. The term Art Deco is a shortened form of the event's name: Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs et Industriels Modernes (International Exposition of Modern Industrial and Decorative Arts). Art Deco remained popular until about the mid 1930s, and gained a new following in the 1980s forward.

What are the characteristics of Art Deco style?:

Art Deco influenced all designs of the period, from automobiles to homes to skyscrapers to clothing. And jewelry, of course. Geometrics play a big part in the Art Deco look -- circles, triangles, squares and rectangles, often woven together to create intricate designs.

How did the Art Deco movement influence jewelry styles?:

Art Deco Jewelry was designed with the same characteristic geometrics seen in other elements of the period. Diamonds, along with colorful emeralds, rubies and sapphires, were common in fine jewelry; costume jewelry mimicked the same looks, but with faux "stones." Some jewelry of the time depicted animals, vegetation and other live subjects, either realistically or in a very stylized way. Bows and other similar ornaments were reproduced as jewelry. Bakelike was a popular component for many types of costume jewelry.

Contemporary jewelry designers often recreate the Art Deco look.

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