This is a list of Art Deco jewelry books and resources on related topics I’ve used to write about Art Deco jewelry, other jewelry design styles, and the brief histories of jewelry and fashion included on the minusOne jewelry blog.
The new speed of mass travel excited the world’s imagination and Art Deco jewelry. Designers represented speed through streamlining, a look that combined straight lines and curved edges.
The Art Deco period was a time of innovation, discovery, and global transportation, and its jewelry reflected the spirit of the age.
Silver Art Deco jewelry was more popular than yellow gold because silver and platinum were were less expensive, and new plating techniques provided new silver tones. Cooler-toned metals may also have been influenced by Hollywood and the new popularity of hand-held cameras. Silver-toned jewelry looked better in black and white.
The scallop was an Art Deco motif easily repeated for textile and architectural borders. Scalloped edges softened the hard geometry of 1920s design.
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A few helpful guidelines for wearing jewelry taken from the ultra-chic of Art Deco era French fashionistas from 1912-1925 as recorded by Parisian fashion illustrators.
Art Deco style jewelry has ten simple style traits: architectural, geometric, colorful, monotone, extravagant, opulent, exotic, mechanical, synthetic, and avant-garde.
What was considered “exotic” during the Art Deco interwar period? Exotic influences on Art Deco jewelry from around 1910 to 1937 were anything that seemed foreign to Europe, the United States, and Britain. This included African and Asian arts and cultures.
The origin of Art Deco was a desire to return to handcraftsmanship after the the dominance of machine production in the 1800s. Although Art Deco designers reached backwards to ancient techniques and arts to inspire them, the Art Deco era was a time of things altogether new.