Photo credit: All Art Deco jewellery images provided by Ioannis Alexandris of Gemolithos Group
If there is one design movement that has revolutionised the world of jewellery, that would be the sensibilities and modernist principles of the Art Deco period.
Characterised by geometric lines, clean structures and the use of an unusual mix of materials, Art Deco jewellery possesses a universal appeal that has stood the test of time. Diamonds are often mixed with carved coloured stones, including lapis lazuli, coral and jade for colour and contrast, and unconventional accents from rock crystals to plastic and enamel for added impact. Forms are more linear and symmetrical, an indication of the exciting and forward-looking mood that was pervading the Art Deco period.
Proof of this design movement’s enduring legacy was the sale of a Cartier Tutti Frutti bracelet at Sotheby’s New York online-only auction in April 2020. The bracelet, described by the auction house as “an icon of Art Deco jewellery design,” sold for US$1.34 million – making it the most expensive jewel ever sold in an online-only auction. The bracelet is set with old European and single-cut diamonds, with carved emeralds, rubies and sapphires. The piece is also highlighted with onyx and black enamel.
Jewellery enthusiasts who want an expert introduction to Art Deco jewellery should not miss the live webinar, “Vintage Inspirations – Art Deco Through the Years,” scheduled for October 21, at 7:30pm, Hong Kong time. The webinar, which will be conducted in Chinese and English, features antique and vintage jewellery expert Ioannis Alexandris, founder and CEO of Gemolithos Group, and Dr. Miro Fei-Yeung Ng, founder and president of the Centre for Gemmological Research (CGR).
A part of Informa Markets Jewellery’s webinar series leading up to Jewellery & Gem Digital World (October 27 to 29, 2020), this live webcast is jointly organised by Jewellery & Gem Knowledge Community (J&G Knowledge Community) and programme sponsor, CGR.
To register for this webinar, click here.