So am I. I've created a few pages here for you to read about all the different kinds of Art Deco Jewelry. What is it? What period does it come from? How do you identify it? Where should I buy it? How much should I pay? These are just some of the questions answered in the pages below, which are grouped into high end or affordable.
Original Art Deco Jewelry comes from the 1920s and 1930s. Though the style has endured and is still made today.
Back in the twenties and thirties, pieces were either extremely expensive or cheap and cheerful (fake) and sometimes the two were even worn together - a fad started by Coco Chanel. Imagine a combination of diamonds and plastic (well in those days, it was high quality Bakelite!) and they looked fabulous together.
The major jewelry artists of the day, among them: Boucheron, Cartier, Fouquet, Gerard Sandoz, and Van Cleef & Arpels were producing masterpieces for the very rich and fashion conscious.
The Art Deco 89 company was able to obtain some of the best designs from these artists and reproduce a limited number of these jewels in 1989.
Read more about these fabulous artists in this gorgeous book by Evelyn Posseme, full of illustrations:
After WWI, techniques were easily available for copying the opulent jewels of the rich and glamorous, and materials such as Chromium, Bakelite, Paste and Rhinestones went into mass production to satisfy the craving of every woman for fashionable jewelry. The age of Costume Jewelry had arrived.
Click any of the links below to enter a world of collectable heaven!
This beautiful book by Sylvie Raulet includes hundreds of photos including ladies of the time bedecked in their jewels. It has information on costume jewelry as well as short biographies of major designers.
My favourite hunting ground is still eBay. You can pick up some amazing bargains, and I feel safe because I always choose sellers with 100% feedback rating and who have made a large number of sales. Here are some current listings from eBay USA, UK and Australia:
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