Friday, May 11, 2012

Dazzle Them With Deco...Vintage Art Deco Jewelry

1930s Vintage Art Deco Rhinestone Dress Clip
I absolutely love the Art Deco era! The 1920s into the 1930s. When you hear the words "Art Deco", most people think of bold color, geometric shapes and very clean lines. That is certainly one aspect of this era, but it was actually a very evolving style. Just after WWI, there was a shift in women's mindset. Women were looking for more freedom and rights, styles were changing along with the mood of the times.

Back of the Art Deco Rhinestone Dress Clip
Styles were blending from the Edwardian style into the new Art Deco style. If you watch Downton Abbey, you can follow this style change. Hemlines are becoming shorter as well as women's hairstyles. In the beginning of the Art Deco era, you see jewelry that has a lot of filigree. Lacy settings. A shift in materials to platinum, silver, and white gold. Brightly colored stones.

1920s Art Deco Brooch
With this brooch you can still see the influence of the Edwardian era. The filigree setting has floral and geometric patterns. The beginnings of Art Deco.

1920s Art Deco Micro Beaded Clutch Purse
With this Art Deco purse, you can see the geometric patterns becoming more prevalent. Notice the geometric shapes at the bottom of the purse. The transition into what most people know as Art Deco design, is starting to emerge. Bright colors and geometric patterns.

Late 1920s into 1930s Art Deco Brooch
With this brooch you get the full Art Deco style that most people think of for that era. Clear color stones. Bold geometric designs. Classic Art Deco!

Vintage 1930s Art Deco Man's Ring
Again. Straight on Art Deco style seen in this ring. The bold design continued into the early 1940s, but began to emerge into another style known as Art Moderne. Art Moderne still had the clean bold lines of the Art Deco era, but with added elements of swirls and curls. Smooth, shiny, high polished surfaces and gemstones. 
Styles in fashion and jewelry are ever evolving. When I think of The Art Deco era, silent movies stars, Clara Bow and  Louise Brooks come to mind. Art Moderne...I think of Joan Crawford and Gloria Swanson...or Betty Davis. When dating vintage jewelry, there are not year to year timetables, but more of decade to decade timelines. A guide if you will. Because jewelry and fashion, just like real life, is ever evolving and blending into the future.

For more Art Deco jewelry, take a peek into my shop, Wicked Darling.

Thanks for stopping by! :)

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