Graduating Diamond Bar Brooch
Art Deco Diamond Three Stone Ring
Art Deco Geometric Diamond Ring
Royal Artillery Sweetheart Brooch
Art Deco Sapphire and Diamond Ring
Ladies Cocktail Watch
Victorian Sapphire, Diamond and Gold Bracelet
Jade and Diamond Cluster Ring
Art Deco Bombe Ring
E Gubelin, Lucerne, Art Deco Earrings
Art Deco took its name from the Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs et Industriels Modernes (the International Exposition of Modern Decorative and Industrial Arts), which took place in Paris in 1925. Like most movements in design, Art Deco was a rejection of the soft, curvy forms of the period that preceded it, Art Nouveau. Women enjoyed a period of liberation in terms of their hairstyles, lifestyles and clothing and wanted new, fresh-looking jewellery to go with it.
The Art Deco period was influenced and incorporated designs from China, Japan and India, as well as Egypt. Platinum was the most widely used metal of the era. Gemstone-wise, it was diamonds and coloured stones, particularly sapphires, emeralds and rubies.