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How to Identify Art Deco Jewelry

Even though the art deco movement really started during the 1920s in Paris, France, the term “art deco” was coined and first used during the 1960s. The art deco design style was able to influence all areas of design including interior design, architecture, visual arts, movie, fashion, and even jewelries. Even up to the present time, many people still love collecting and even wearing art deco jewelries. However, for people who are not experts when it comes to vintage jewelries, such as art deco jewelries, there are several ways that can help you identify if that certain jewelry piece is a vintage art deco jewelry.

Identifying Art Deco Jewelry

Art Deco Design Necklaces

  • One of the most famous types of art deco jewelry is art deco engagement rings. In order to know if that piece of engagement ring is an art deco, you will have to look closely on the materials used and how the stones are arranged. Emphasis on the cut of the stone that has a bold geometric pattern on a platinum band is usually the characteristics of an art deco engagement ring.
  • For art deco jewelry in general, you have to look closely at the color/s of the material being used. Art deco jewelries usually use bright and bold color schemes. And in some art deco jewelry designs, combinations of different bright and bold colors are done.
  • Cubism has been one of the greatest influences of art deco design. That is why, in art deco jewelry design, straight lines and various geometric shapes and patterns were highly used in cutting stones. Common stone cuts used in art deco jewelry design are:
  1. Emerald Cut
  2. Baguette Cut
  3. Caliber Cut
  4. Square Cut
  5. Shield Cut
  • Diamonds was not the only stone used in making art deco jewelry, but there were still a lot more. Different gems can be used as accent pieces to diamonds or each gem aside from diamond can be used alone in an art deco jewelry.
  1. Ruby
  2. Onyx
  3. Emerald
  4. Sapphire
  5. Jade
  6. Mother of Pearl
  7. Opal
  • Various Eastern motifs were highly used in making art deco jewelries. You will have to determine the influence/s used in a jewelry to be able to identify if it is an art deco jewelry piece or not.
  1. Indian Motif – Ivory and Jade were highly used
  2. Egyptian Motif – Scarabs and Sphinx were highly used