A Deeper Look Into The World Of Art Deco Jewellery

Art deco was a beautiful era a featuring distinctive and instantly recognizable craftsmanship. Jewellery from this time has therefore been admired by many for years to come, even those who know little about the history of this time period.

Commonly used to inspire modern day designs, art deco rings and pieces are seen often seen as investments that can later be passed on as a family heirloom. They are very durable pieces as the stones and materials used to create them were much stronger than those currently used. You will find several items from the art deco period online but if you really want to find a reputable provider, try the Art Deco jewellery offered by Kalmar Antiques.

Let’s go further into understanding the ins and outs of this unique type of jewellery first and what even classifies something as art deco in the first place.

Art Deco explained…

Known as being vintage, the art deco time period is estimated to have been between the 1920’s and 1940’s so will be considered antique by the time we reach 2020.  This is because jewellery less than 100 years old is considered to be vintage, not yet antique.

Its origins come from France, apparently in 1915 but can be clearly seen in the 20’s. There was a huge impact on the design from the culture of the time in terms of jazz, explorative and industrial influences.

What characterizes Art Deco design?

You will normally notice jewellery from this era due to its bold geometric shapes and strong lines. Especially rings, you will often find richly coloured stones and a delicate kind of metalwork known as filigree. This type of work within the band would have looked elegant and usually takes on the form of leaves and flowers.

The previous Edwardian era was now behind as the era adopted more design ideas from cultures such as Asia, Egypt and Native America. This is party down to the fact that travelling aboard was much easier during this time period.

The metals used were usually platinum, white or yellow gold and as mentioned earlier, the gemstones were normally bright colours from sapphires to rubies.

Another visual commonality is the fact you should see lots of shapes such as circles, squares, rectangles and triangles used in the design of the jewellery. These patterns really stand out, mesmerising the eye and giving art deco pieces their bold reputation.

What impact has Art Deco designs had?

Art Deco has had a lasting impact on the jewellery world and has influenced more sophisticated cutting methods of precious stones. Because the designs are still popular in the modern day, you will often see engagement rings with the art deco design. Couples also end up choosing vintage deco rings instead of opting with something new. Part of the enchanting aura of the jewellery from this time is that the detail is so intricately stunning, it’s almost impossible to copy.

Now you know some of the enchanting facts of art deco and what makes the jewellery so stunningly unique. 


  1. I love this kind of Jewelry!
    Refined but still modern!

  2. Iam such a fan of vintage pieces and art deco is one of my favorite styles! So classy!
    Hope you have a great week and new year!