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Art Deco

PUBLISHED: 06:22 04 August 2014

Art Deco jewellery.

Art Deco jewellery.

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Most jewellers tend to agree that the greatest epoch for jewellery design was the Art Deco period.

James Hawkins, jeweller from Diss.James Hawkins, jeweller from Diss.

At the end of the 19th Century, a typical Bohemian style appeared throughout France known as the Art Nouveau period. It transformed the era between 1890 and 1910 with its elaborate design and ever-changing trends of colour.

Following the aftermath of the First World War a new style developed and emerged, often characterised by rich colours, bold geometric shapes and lavish ornamentation. Following the French exhibition of 1925, Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs Industriels Modernes or The International Exposition of Modern Industrial and Decorative Arts, the term Art Deco emerged.

The transformation and development of design and technology was at the forefront throughout this period and it brought about a new dimension in fashion. The vibrant and decadent eclectic era was born; it flourished and changed the way we perceive fashion.

From post-First World War throughout the roaring 1920s and elegant 1930s, the Art Deco movement arose with such vigor that its legacy is still prominent today. However its popularity started to wane and finally tapered off after the Second World War.

The period of Art Deco is referred to as “the golden age of jewellery” with lavish designers such as Cartier, Van Cleef and Arpels, Tiffany and Co, G and A Ravasco, Fahrners and Templier becoming synonymous with exquisite quality, using the finest materials money could buy to produce timeless and classic pieces which are adored by the privileged to this day.

They all had the exceptional ability to design and create grace and opulence that enhanced the ambiance of the feminine form by expressing glamour and beauty.

Investing in Art Deco jewellery is all about the enjoyment of owning a special piece of history and embracing the avant-garde passion and exuberance of the era. The jewellery is of exceptional quality, utilising great style and form with value for money. Investment items can be full suites (earrings, necklace, bracelet and ring), uniquely commissioned creations and popular wares. Cornflower blue or Kashmir sapphires from India, rubies from Burma, emeralds from Columbia and Zambia and the abundance of diamonds from Africa and India make these quality items of jewellery timeless.

If you are considering investing or owning jewellery from this period, you can be certain of the quality it brings. Prices vary from refreshingly expensive to a more affordable budget, but once brought the cost pails into significance from the joy of ownership.

“A woman’s jewellery can visually create seduction by its allurement,” said the artist Alfredo Ravasco.

For more information on Art Deco jewellery and stock availability contact James at The Gold Shop in Diss.

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