Art Deco is a trend making a massive comeback, from movies like Gattaca to the Great Gatsby. Even car manufacturers and technology companies are embracing the visual style once again. And yet perhaps it is the art deco engagement rings that are stealing the show? I recently dressed up in art deco theme for a works annual Christmas party last year, and it was honestly one of the nicest dress up themes for the girls – so glam, glitzy and lavish.
It isn’t just becoming a huge trend in fashion and dressing up, it’s also fast becoming the number one choice for jewellery – engagement rings especially!
What is Art Deco?
Art Deco is a visual style which was popularized in and around the 1920‘s up until around the 1940s. It is a visual style that breathed new life into the lavish ornamental styles which preceded it, incorporating bold geometric shapes, colours, and imagery from the golden age of machines and industry.
Natural Curves and Geometric Shapes
The link to machines is not merely a coincidence. As society moves towards industrial mass production, machine-rendered motifs, and clean repeatable typography, the new Art Deco style simply makes for a more “compatible” look. Long gone were the asymmetrical curvilinear common design attributes. Those seemingly imperfect organic motifs that had been popular up until its introduction aren’t prominent anymore. Now the world favoured the fresh and clean look of Art Deco, which claimed classical motifs and reduced them down to simpler geometric shapes and ornaments.
In its most popular stretch, Art Deco represented glamour and lush luxury while also being easier to attain because of the ease of which the items were being produced.
However when it comes to jewellery, the style of art deco engagement rings Sydney jewellers are selling consists of a lot of detail which is not commonly found in today’s day and age. Art Deco wedding engagement rings are perhaps the pinnacle of craftsmanship and artistry. The smooth geometric shapes engraved in engagement ring bands work beautifully with the unique nature of every gemstone colour and diamond cut.
Art Deco jewellery gained widespread popularity after brands such as Coco Chanel embraced it with fashion and jewellery and the look was complete once it had found its final identity towards the end of the year 1925 and beyond. With white platinum gold, vivid colours, and broad geometric shapes combined with the advanced stone cutting methods which were perfected at the time, the look was almost complete.
Art Deco was defined by its dramatic usage of vertical lines and repetitive geometric shapes. In addition to its mathematical precision, it also combined with colours that contrasted with large intensity.
The final, fashionable twist to Art Deco engagement rings came with the discovery of King Tut’s tomb and the refresh of motifs originally inspired by Michelangelo and Rembrandt. The artists which pioneered the Art Deco look borrowed design attributes from the past and incorporated them into their work, using gemstones shaped into forms such as baguette, half moon, triangle, and trapeze. This was a very welcome change from the Art Nouveau’s pastel-coloured era, and that of the bleached-white Edwardian era.
Combined with modern manufacturing processes, Art Deco became one of the most popular visual styles of all time even seeming exotic to most. As industry rolled on, many tools became available to unearth ancient civilisations which only continued to inspire every facet of the Art Deco movement, if you can call it one.
So the next time you see a jewellery piece that seems to borrow from both the past, and the future, you are probably looking at an Art Deco jewellery piece or one inspired by it. While the Georgian era claims some of the most intricate and rare jewellery pieces in our recent history, the Art Deco era most certainly claims some of the world’s most intriguing jewellery combinations.