Art Deco was shark week’s OG, and trend-setters in the 1980s found its fashion goddess: the flapper.
If you ever as a kid played in a creek or dug a hole in the woods, you probably came across a rock or two that sparkled and made you think for a moment you’d struck gold. What you’d found was pyrite, aka “fool’s gold”.
Rob Cassetti, former Creative Director of the Corning Museum of Glass, sat down with me last month at our local watering hole.
The House of Chanel launched costume jewelry – first known as “cocktail jewelry” – by collaborating with Madame Augustine Gripoix to reproduce ancient Byzantine jewelry that included glass made to look like precious stones.
Founding member of the Union des artistes modernes (UAM), Raymond Templier was an advocate of mathematical precision in design.
Art Deco diamond and gemstone jewelry was unique for its geometric baguettes and emerald cuts, the invisible setting by Van Cleef & Arpels, and the new availability of platinum.
Art Deco jewelry designers did use yellow gold, even though silver tone metals like white gold, silver, and platinum reigned during the 1920s and 30s. Jean Dunand and Gérard Sandoz are two examples.
What inspired the groundswell of affection in the 1920s for that perfect mossy green? The answer is probably jadeite.
Although the United States produced jewelry during the interwar period, many of its designs did not look like Art Deco.
Art Nouveau and Art Deco are separate artistic movements with striking visual differences. Art Deco followed close on the heels of Art Nouveau, which is why they are sometimes considered together.