Bold, striking and imaginative, vintage Art Deco jewelry has captured the hearts of many enthusiasts and collectors.
Jewelry from the Art Deco Era (1920-1939) had certain distinguishing characteristics. But while there was an overarching ethos, there were various themes, motifs, and influences that contributed to the whole.
If you are in a lover of Art Deco jewelry and would like to know more before you make a purchase, this guide to Art Deco jewelry styles will help.
- Advances in architecture gave rise to streamlined and bold forms in jewelry design.
GIARDINETTI (‘Little Garden’)
- ‘Giardinetti’ was from the Italian, meaning ‘little garden’.
- A giardinetti piece had tiny flowers arranged in a vase, pot, or basket, usually made from precious stones.
- Stylized flowers without vases or pots or baskets were also seen.
- Giardinetti had been popular since the Georgian era but now had a decidedly Art Deco style.
- There was a very popular Egyptian Revival movement in the Art Deco era.
- Bold and geometric designs were characteristic of the era.
- Abstract art (Cubism, Constructivists and Futurists, Suprematism from Russia, Dutch de-Stijl, and African primitive) was highly influential.
- Cars, machinery, and machine parts were influential motifs
- These consisted of hands, animals, birds, ladybirds, bouquets of flowers, cartoon characters, and other novelty items
- Chinese and Japanese motifs and styles were popular, as well as Arabesque themes
- Bow motifs continued to be popular
- Native American design was influential, in particular giving rise to long, woven sautoir necklaces.
Ultimately, any piece of vintage or antique jewelry you choose should be something that lifts your heart and makes you smile.
If you purchase from a good dealer and take care over your decision, your Art Deco jewelry will bring you joy for many years to come.