What is Art Deco?
The designs of the 1920s are back, and they’re making their mark on the jewelry world. First forged in a time of Jazz and Flappers, Art Deco styles capture a sense of excitement that’s both time-honored and modern, with style that’s too classy to ever be forgotten. Vintage gemstone rings that showcase Art Deco designs are a lovely way to add a touch of timeless beauty and sophistication.
So, what exactly is Art Deco? It’s a style of design that was popular in the Roaring 20s, characterized by geometric shapes and highly-stylized motifs such as animals and flowers. The lines and shapes of Art Deco influenced the design of everything from architecture (such as the Chrysler Building in New York City) and automobiles to clothing and jewelry.
Art Deco originated in France and gained favor after the 1925 World’s Fair, held in Paris, when examples of this style were on display for many to see. The name “Art Deco” is a shortened form of the name of the event that showcased this style—the Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs et Industriels Modernes (the International Exposition of Modern Industrial and Decorative Arts)—and this term has come to embody the decorative, geometric designs of this style.
Art Deco jewelry often featured intricate geometric patterns, as demonstrated by the Vintage Art Deco Emerald Ring. The sweeping lines that point to this ring’s gemstone create an architectural look that gives evidence to the fact that it was constructed with great care. A 4mm round emerald and two smaller diamonds are upheld by these lines of 14K white gold, serving as vibrant accents to a motif that’s full of movement.
Modern gems can provide a lovely complement to Art Deco styles. The stone featured in the Roman Art Deco Tanzanite and Diamond Ring wasn’t discovered until approximately a half a century after the Art Deco period, but this 6mm round tanzanite works perfectly with the modern personality of this ring, adding a pop of cornflower blue sparkle to a classy vintage setting.
Any Art Deco-inspired ring could serve as a unique and stunning engagement ring. Whether you choose a piece with a brightly-colored gemstone or a vintage diamond ring, Art Deco styles readily communicate that your love is able to withstand the test of time.
If you’d prefer a diamond style, consider the 1/4 Carat Art Deco Diamond Ring in 14K White Gold. This one-of-a-kind piece is an excellent example of the stylized flowers that were often seen in Art Deco designs: a shining lotus blossom opens its petals to reveal a dazzling ¼ carat round diamond. This flower is contrasted by the intricately carved leaf and swirl motif that accents the band. It’s a look that’s full of life, despite the fact that it’s inspired by a design that’s nearly a century old.
While Art Deco faded during the Great Depression, it was never forgotten. Today, it’s back in a big way, and antique-style rings that feature the designs of this period are timeless pieces of class and beauty.