Art Deco Jewelry: Our Favorite Styles
Art Deco is a sophisticated and symmetrical style that applies to certain clothing designs, art, furniture, and even skyscrapers like the Empire State Building. Although this vintage look from the early 20th century is now considered timeless, Art Deco jewelry is one of this season’s most coveted looks.
Read on to learn more about Art Deco jewelry and how to incorporate this sought-after style into your everyday look. And discover our favorite Art Deco inspired designs featuring lab-grown diamonds sustainably created by VRAI.
What Is Art Deco Jewelry?
Art Deco jewelry refers to any fine jewelry design from or inspired by the Roaring Twenties. Jewelry crafted during this period is beloved for its bold elegance and sophisticated appeal. It often features clean lines, geometric patterns, and Gatsby-like glitz.
The term Art Deco itself was coined to describe the art and architecture from the 1920s and 1930s. It is a shortened version of the French arts décoratifs and refers to a look that emphasizes geometric shapes, abstract design, and an overall look of fine craftsmanship and luxury.
Art Deco Geometric Shapes
Perhaps the most recognizable trait of any Art Deco design is its use of geometrical shapes and patterns, as well as symmetry. Art Deco jewelry is certainly no exception.
Emerald cut diamonds and Asscher cut diamonds feature step cut facets that create a “hall-of-mirrors” effect when reflecting the light. This symmetrical look is what made these shapes in particular beloved during the Art Deco era. Other fancy shapes, like a Marquise cut diamond or Pear shaped diamond, are also Art Deco favorites due to their alluring, elongated form.
Creating a pattern through repeated shapes is also quintessential Art Deco. A Tetrad Ring, a Five Stone Band, or an Ear Arc are perfect examples of this style.
Art Deco Platinum And Diamond Designs
Is it any surprise that jewelry most associated with the Gatsby era is decadent? While any design featuring solid gold is still perfect for achieving this vintage look, a combination of platinum and diamonds adds that extra layer of indulgence and quality craftsmanship that was so sought after during the Art Deco period. Consider a platinum-and-diamond rings as the ultimate right-hand cocktail ring for a Twenties-inspired soirée.
Rose Gold Art Deco Jewelry
Although platinum and yellow gold were beloved during the Roaring Twenties, nothing gives jewelry today that vintage-inspired look more than 14k solid rose gold. Known for being romantic and regal, rose gold’s coppery hue transforms nearly any design in an heirloom-like piece.
What Are Popular Art Deco Jewelry Styles?
From fashion rings to studs, pendants, and more, here are the Art Deco jewelry designs that we can’t get enough of.
Art Deco Rings
Featuring an array of diamonds or a stunning bezel setting, these Art Deco rings let you take a little bit of Gatsby with you wherever you may go. Wearing one dramatic ring on your right hand, or featuring an array of rings on each feature, is the perfect way to style these particular designs.
Art Deco Necklaces
Worn solo or layered in a perfectly symmetrical cascade, Art Deco necklaces add effortless vintage style to your daily look. Choose Emerald or Baguette shaped diamonds for their “hall-of-mirrors” pattern, or select a bezel set necklace for sophisticated style.
Art Deco Earrings
From drops to studs to ear arcs that climb, these Art Deco Earrings celebrate the geometrical patterns and shapes that defined this era. Wear each design on its own or stack them together for a modern twist on vintage style.
Art Deco Bracelets
Pile on these Art Deco bracelets for a bold and sophisticated look that harkens back to the Roaring Twenties. Whether your preference is for yellow, rose, or white gold, try to match metal colors for maximum shine.
What Art Deco Engagement Rings Match Your Jewelry?
When it’s time to buy an engagement ring, there are many Art Deco engagement ring settings to match your vintage-inspired jewelry. Consider complimenting your look with a Three Stone engagement ring that features a trio of your favorite diamond shapes, or a Signature Bezel engagement ring.
Halo engagement rings were also incredibly popular during the Art Deco era. Select an original or large halo of melee diamonds to spotlight your favorite diamond shape, or consider a Hidden Halo engagement ring for a contemporary take on this historical setting.