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Aurora Borealis Gold Art Deco brooch | 80s does Deco by Monet

Vintage 80s Monet jewelry: All That Jazz collection

May 8, 2024 | costume jewelry

By the 1980s, high-quality Monet jewelry had been in production in the USA for 50 years.

Why Monet jewelry is so awesome

Monet was one of the first US-made costume jewelry houses. Launched in 1937, first in Brooklyn, NY as a monogram company, landing ultimately in Providence, Rhode Island, Monet was one of the first US-made costume jewelry houses.

Monet offered affordable designer brand jewelry at a time when costume jewelry had its heydey. It was affordable, high quality, and design-forward.

Its pieces were classic and tailored – like simple gold hoops – or extravagant, as seen in this Art Deco / Egyptian Revival collection from the 1980s.

They made jewelry that today remains perfect: signature pieces – both classic and bold – for the office or out on the town.

Monet advertised its jewelry as fabulous. And it certainly is.

Shop the All That Jazz collection at minusOne.

Vintage Monet All that jazz cuff necklace parure | 80s does Art | Egyptian collar necklace | minusOne jewelry
Vintage Monet All that jazz cuff necklace parure | 80s does Art | Egyptian collar necklace | minusOne jewelry

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Quick look: Monet jewelry across the decades

In the beginning, in 30s and 40s, Monet made a name for itself with charms and monograms, and sterling silver and vermeil brooches and bracelets.

Monet 1930s charm bracelet
copyright Alice Vega, Monet: the Master Jewelers

This Monet 1940s cast brooch (pink gold and vermeil) still resonates with Art Deco vibes.

copyright Alice Vega, Monet: the Master Jewelers

In the 1950s and 1960s, it was elaborate chain necklaces and bracelets, with an emphasis on gold tone.

All of Monet’s designs were given names, not only the full collections, but each individual piece.

This wide textured gold collar necklace is from the Marchesa necklace line.

Having perfected their plating process, Monet chains that are nearly 75 years old show little wear.

Monet’s 1966 Marchesa necklace and matching earrings.

It’s rare to find a Monet chain where the plating has worn off, but if you do, know the piece was much-loved and worn.

In the 1970s, Monet took over the hoop earring market.

Monet hoop earrings on card.

The company introduced the beloved V-prong clasp.

Suddenly, we could attach our hoops with one hand!


Monet jewelry in the 80s

In the 1980s, Monet jewelry focused on larger-than-life enameled and faux gemstone necklaces, earrings, bracelets, and brooches.

vintage 1980s Monet ad with large green enamel necklace

“Working Girls,” women were heading to the office en masse, so much of Monet’s jewelry in the 1980s was designed for work culture, as well as evening wear.

Aurora Borealis Gold Art Deco brooch | 80s does Deco by Monet
Aurora Borealis Gold Art Deco brooch | 80s does Deco by Monet

Almost garish, Monet’s jewelry designs in the 80s reflected that era’s taste in decor and fashion: geometric, bright, big, with a tendency toward Art Deco design.

80s Monet enemal gemstone collar necklace in original box

80s Monet "Directives" line
80s Monet “Directives” line

Monet’s All That Jazz Collection: 1985 marketing materials

In the mid-1980s, Monet launched a jewelry design line named All That Jazz.

Monet’s marketing materials, which they distributed to their primary buyers – department stores – include the following description of All That Jazz:

ALL THAT JAZZ features fabulous red hot rose gold…a rhapsody of simmering blue…and iridescent aurora borealis…The Tympany collar reflects the important influence of Art Deco in dull rose gold with aurora borealis sheeting.

MONET catalog from 1985
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The collection included a variety of matching rose gold earrings styles, including those with and without the aurora borealis sheeting.

The catalog pull-quote reads: The mood is geometric and jazzy. This contemporary, upscale Earring Collection captures the imagination in combinations of dull rose gold, aquamarine and rhodium.

Monet jewelry construction for All That Jazz

Each piece in Monet’s All That Jazz collection was made unique during manufacturing, because the “aurora borealis” sheeting was itself unique.

Gold Art Deco Aurora Borealis hinged bracelet cuff | 80s does Deco by Monet
Gold Art Deco Aurora Borealis hinged bracelet cuff | 80s does Deco by Monet

An essential gold Art Deco piece from the Monet-designed All That Jazz collection released in the 1980’s, this hinged bracelet cuff features irregular geometric lattice framing a background of Aurora Borealis swirls of green and purple.

Gold Art Deco Aurora Borealis hinged bracelet cuff | 80s does Deco by Monet
Gold Art Deco Aurora Borealis hinged bracelet cuff | 80s does Deco by Monet

The interior Aurora Borealis sheeting also makes each cuff one of kind.

When collected, it’s clear too that some All That Jazz metal tones are rose-gold but others are yellow-gold.

Gold Art Deco Aurora Borealis hinged bracelet cuff | 80s does Deco by Monet
Gold Art Deco Aurora Borealis hinged bracelet cuff | 80s does Deco by Monet

Ranging in tone from teal to purple to gold, the swirls of the aurora borealis were captured by the vignette frames of the matte rose gold metal.

Like the bracelet cuffs, the brooches are all unique. The small windows reveal different parts of the sheeting.

Aurora Borealis Gold Art Deco brooch | 80s does Deco by Monet
Aurora Borealis Gold Art Deco brooch | 80s does Deco by Monet

The metal was cut and finished, set to frame the swirling sheeting, then riveted in place.

Art Deco Aurora Borealis Gold Collar Necklace | Monet All That Jazz
Art Deco Aurora Borealis Gold Collar Necklace | Monet All That Jazz

Although the rivets can be seen from behind, they’re always invisible from the front.

Art Deco Aurora Borealis Gold Collar Necklace | Monet All That Jazz
Art Deco Aurora Borealis Gold Collar Necklace | Monet All That Jazz

Rivets were used in a variety of ways across the collection.

Here they are on the backs of aquamarine and rose gold earrings, where three pieces of differently-finished metal are riveted, twice each.

All that Jazz Monet earrings for pierced ears with rivets | minusOne jewelry

All that Jazz Monet earrings for pierced ears with rivets | minusOne jewelry

Monet is a stand-out among its costume jewelry competitors for these types of high-quality, high-touch fabrication

Monet jewelry: Egyptian Revival style

The Monet All That Jazz collection manufactured in 1985 showcases essential elements of Art Deco’s lines and curves, in forms that echo ancient Egyptian fashion.

This gold collar necklace is the collection’s fullest expression.

Art Deco Aurora Borealis Gold Collar Necklace | Monet All That Jazz | image copyright minusOne jewelry
Art Deco Aurora Borealis Gold Collar Necklace | Monet All That Jazz | image copyright minusOne jewelry

High design, but so wearable, this necklace makes a perfect signature piece.

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