Art Deco 89 Jewelry -
My Latest Discovery!

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Art Deco 89 Mauboussin Fountain Brooch, Photo by Ivan BilicArt Deco 89 Mauboussin Fountain Brooch, Photo by Ivan Bilic

Art Deco 89 Jewelry is my latest discovery!  In fact I really can't understand how I never came across it before.  After all, Elizabeth Taylor had some in her collection. 

Maybe it's because this high class company only lasted one year.  A shame really considering this jewelry is GORGEOUS!  But the short period of its manufacture means that it is now pretty rare, which probably explains why I'd never seen any. 

Necklace with Art Deco Inc. TagNecklace with Original Tag, Photo by Kathy Flood

In 2011, Christie's auction house sold off a huge collection of jewellery belonging to Elizabeth Taylor, including an incredible pair of earrings marked Art Deco 89.  They are silver-plated with simulated coral and black enamel.  Would you believe they went for $14,400! (The bracelets, by the way, are Lucite and described as after the style of Hattie Carnegie). 

Fortunately, their jewelry is normally more affordable than that, so long as it hasn't been owned by one of Hollywood's legends.  You can find brooches starting from about $200.  I've put in some current listings at the bottom of the page.  

Elizabeth Taylor's Art Deco 89 Earrings with Bangles after Hattie Carnegie. Photo by Christies Images Ltd 2015Elizabeth Taylor's Art Deco 89 Earrings with Bangles after Hattie Carnegie. Photo by Christies Images Ltd 2015

The Art Deco Company Inc.

So what's the story?

Larry Joseph, who was the owner of the Hattie Carnegie Company in the 1960s and 1970s, set up a new company in Rhode Island in the 1980s to make the most of the Art Deco Revival.  He had been lucky enough to obtain the rights to a lot of fabulous old Art Deco designs.  (OK, I'm now really jealous).

Bonsai BroochFaux Jade, Coral and Crystal Bonsai Brooch, Photo by Ivan Bilic

Art Deco 89 Jewelry After Well-Known Designers

Some of the famous designers reproduced by the company were big names from the 1920s and 1930s including: 

Raymond Templier

Rene Lalique

Georges Fouquet

Gustave Miklos

China Men Earrings by George FouquetA George Fouquet Design, China Men with Beaded Fringe Earrings. Photo by Kathy Flood
Lalique Design Brooch Blue Hood OrnamentLalique Design Brooch, Photo by Kathy Flood

The company produced a lot of designs and were known for their high end quality pieces with prices to match. 

Sadly, and I haven't been able to find out why, the company only lasted a little over a year, which is why they are marked Art Deco 89 for the year they were made.  

This is what the marks look like on the back: 

Art Deco Inc.  Makers MarkArt Deco 89 Makers Mark, Photo Ivan Bilic

So, understandably, these days Art Deco 89 jewelry is fairly rare and quite expensive.  But I think it would make a good investment, as it will only get rarer and more collectable.  Here are the current listings on Etsy.  

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For more information, check out Warman's Jewelry by Kathy Flood. We are indebted to Kathy for the use of her photos on this page and her invaluable research into Art Deco jewelry.  

Read more about Art Deco Jewellery on Decolish

Etsy has a surprisingly good range of Art Deco furniture, interior decor, art and prints, 1920s and 1930s fashion, accessories, jewellery and Bakelite.  Click the banner to explore.  

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