The Art Deco era of jewelry began in Paris, in 1925, at the Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifset Industriels Modernes. Several exhibits at the exposition were responsible for a whole new artistic movement that became later known as Art Deco.
The era ended in the mid 1930s, but made several comebacks, in the 50s, 60s and 80s. Art Deco is considered the most creative era and reflects a variety movements, including modernism, cubism and futurism. Think Picasso. The era was also influenced by archeological discoveries in Egypt, like the tomb of Tutankhamun in 1922. Jewelry designers were inspired by the motifs and designs found in the tombs. You will also find African and South American influences. Art Deco jewelry pieces are usually symmetrical and embellished with intricate designs in platinum with enamel, pavé diamonds, rubies, sapphires, emeralds or other precious stones. Sophisticated Art Deco vintage jewelry is nowadays a collector’s items, especially if it’s signed.