Art Deco Jewellery

Striking modernity of design, and rich period detail make authentic Art Deco jewellery is as sought after today as it was in the 1920s and 1930s with distinctive designs and quality of detail and workmanship which later versions- whether reproductions or tenuous interpretations- have never completely captured.

Art Deco Jewellery was strongly influenced by World War 1 and its aftermath. The exuberant spirit of post war years, the emergence of a fiercely emancipated woman, technological changes, the vivid colours of Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes, the Fauvist artists and orientalism, and loose columnar fashions were just some of the more significant factors that changed jewellery. The sinuous Art Nouveau and the delicate Garland Style incorporating diamonds, pearls and pale gemstones were swept away by simplistic bold stylisation, vivid colours, geometric motifs both linear and curved, subsequent new gem cuts and long jewellery characterising the jewellery of the 1920s. This was a period of exciting events and intoxicating jewellery. As in the Belle Epoque era fine jewellers favoured platinum as the premier metal of choice. While the image of the garconne  flapper’s short tunic dress, bobbed hair, heavy dramatic makeup, long sautoirs and earrings, arms stacked with narrow bracelets and watches is iconic in the 1920s much jewellery in the early Art Deco period still showed the influence of the Belle Epoque period. Rings often displayed fine detailing, with mounts of scrolls or floral design while millegrain embellished and softened  the edges of the metal

The stock market crash of 1929 influenced Art Deco jewellery in turn. The carefree flapper was replaced by a more feminine woman and jewellery became big, white and bold. Diamonds and platinum dominated often combined with rock crystal or just one other accent colour- ruby, emerald or sapphire. The geometry of the twenties became more curved and three dimensional with spirals, scrolls and pleats leading into the bold, voluminous designs of the 1940s.

A parallel movement favouring industrial designs of bolder and more confronting elements, featuring often silver and less valuable gems such as lapis lazuli, coral, jade and onyx developed also at this time. A number of now famous jewellers particularly in Germany and France created spectacular jewellery in this aesthetic which is keenly sought after today both for its bold design, history and wearability. James Alfredson carries a small but selective stock of Art Deco industrial design jewels at times. 

Art Deco diamond cluster pendant earrings

Art Deco diamond cluster pendant earrings

The perfect length Art Deco diamond drop earrings with sparkling movement from the diamond clusters to catch the eye and a discreet chain to keep the cluster safe.

2000.0288

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Art Deco Tiffany sapphire diamond bracelet

Art Deco Tiffany sapphire diamond bracelet

Historic Art Deco Tiffany & Co at its most alluring. Read further for the fascinating story of this superb bracelet.

20004354

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An Art Deco Australian diamond brooch by G. H. Palfrey

An Art Deco Australian diamond brooch by G. H. Palfrey

Signed Australian Art Deco diamond brooches are often difficult to find.

20003906

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An Art Deco diamond and geometric patterned mount ring

An Art Deco diamond and geometric patterned mount ring

The epitome of Art Deco desirable design for the last ninety odd years - and into the future.

20008130

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An early two diamond Art Deco ring

An early two diamond Art Deco ring

To be concise. Beautiful diamonds. Beautiful ring. Impressive.

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A late Art Deco platinum and rectangular cut diamond ring, circa 1938

A late Art Deco platinum and rectangular cut diamond ring, circa 1938

Baguette and carre cut diamonds are a much admired perennial Art Deco favourite. The ring you have been searching for.

20006983

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A late Art Deco diamond buckle ring

A late Art Deco diamond buckle ring

The perfect dress ring you will find yourself wearing again and again.

2000.1407

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An Art Deco transition cut diamond ring

An Art Deco transition cut diamond ring

A truly beautiful ring. Superb design and make. The use of all transition cuts reflecting the cut of the solitaire diamond is just one indication of its quality.

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An Art Deco step cut emerald and diamond ring

An Art Deco step cut emerald and diamond ring

A superb authentic Art Deco emerald ring that you love is not always easy to find.

20007485

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An Art Deco ruby and diamond three stone ring

An Art Deco ruby and diamond three stone ring

A superb fine ruby of a gorgeous rich red in a wonderful Art Deco setting.

20005054

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An art deco rose gold cigar cutter

An art deco rose gold cigar cutter

An elegant Art Deco accessory for the man about town.

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An Art Deco diamond flexible link bracelet

An Art Deco diamond flexible link bracelet

Curved geometric motifs contrast with linear baguette cut diamonds in a unique not-so-geometric Art Deco bracelet for those who like to be different.

2000.1643

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An Art Deco diamond bracelet, circa 1936

An Art Deco diamond bracelet, circa 1936

Serious significant occasion and Red Carpet jewellery. The essence of Art Deco thirtie’s bracelets. Bold, white, feminine and very beautiful. An exceptional and impressive bracelet.

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An Art Deco diamond and sugarloaf cabochon sapphire ring

An Art Deco diamond and sugarloaf cabochon sapphire ring

A quintessential authentic 1920s Art Deco ring with flamboyant geometric design, strong colour contrast, a sugarloaf cabochon sapphire.

2000.9517

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