by Dhea Bartlett of Exotix
Art Deco is a defined style that developed during the early 1900’s is most associated with the 1920’s and 30’s. Its main features are geometric – squares, circles and hexagons. The designs were bold but gradually became more intricate as the shapes became interwoven in complex patterns.
In the 1930’s the designs started to include elements from nature such as animals and leaves but also moved to softer shapes such as stylised bows and hearts.
The jewellery was stunning and used brightly coloured gemstones such as emeralds and rubies but it also incorporated pearl, jade, onyx and ivory as well as chrome metals. These all had the modern, sleek and industrial look to them.
Marcasite was a favourite material for its modern gleam and glamour.
The jewellery was dramatic and streamlined. Long dangling earrings and necklaces, long pendants, chunky cocktail rings and dramatic bangles and bracelets were essentials.
Think of the flappers of the 1920’s with their long streamlined silhouettes and sparkling gaiety and that will define for you what art deco style is all about: modern, sleek and glamourous.
Dhea Bartlett is the Victorian State Sales Manager for Exotix- Contemporary and fashion forward accessories. Stunning Sterling Silver Jewellery, semi precious gemstones, along with Luxe Italian leather handbags, gorgeous style bags … Something for every woman…
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