The Art Deco jewelry period, which began in 1920 and ended around 1935, produced dazzling jewelry which was in sharp contrast to the jewelry of the previous periods.
About Art Deco Jewelry
With Art Deco jewelry, the emphasis shifted from soft colors and flowing lines to bold, bright colors and straight lines. Pearls and long earrings were popular, along with diamond watches, beads, and cocktail rings. Women cut their long locks and began wearing their hair short and boyish during the Art Deco jewelry period. This was the era of Jazz and flappers and Art Deco jewelry complimented the flamboyant and playful attitude of the day. Egyptian influences were strong and motifs like the falcon, sphinx and falcon were popular. New geometric cuts for gems went hand-in-hand with the symmetry and streamlined look of Art Deco designs. Emeralds, sapphires and rubies became the gems of choice in Art Deco rings and other jewelry pieces. Synthetic gemstones were popular and were often used instead of the more expensive natural gems.