Art Deco: A Historic Art Style Made Modern

The Art Deco era began in the 1900s and was a trendy style of jewellery that stood the test of time. After World War I, the Art Deco era ended, but pieces from this era continue to circulate and jewellers still take inspiration from this iconic time in modern jewellery.

This trend is still going strong today, so we’re going to introduce the style and what has made it so iconic.

What Is Art Deco?

Many people would have heard of the style of Art Deco, but not many people know where it originated. This particular style developed in the early years of the 20th century, originating in France. Since France introduced this stunning and unique design to the world, it quickly spread across Western Europe.

The influence of the Art Deco era spread through many different areas such as paintings, 3D art, architectural design, furniture, jewellery and more. Furthermore, it wasn’t just Western European countries that enjoyed this style. It soon made its way across the pond to the United States. A lot of countries adored this unique style for all the right reasons, as it represented a change that everybody welcomed.

Art Deco and The Origins

Art Deco followed the style of Art Nouveau, another popular style that originated in England before becoming well-known in Europe. Art Noveau is the predecessor to Art Deco. The Art Noveau style was very different to Art Deco and it was a lot more fluid. As mentioned earlier, it originated in England and was inspired by nature which is a lot different to the industrial style which we saw with Art Deco.

The Art Deco era more strongly represented freedom and modernism, with a strong anti-traditional elegance which was highlighted through the sharp lines and sunburst motifs across so many different industries. There are still a lot of historical buildings all across the world with strong Art Deco influences, and pieces of authentic Art Deco jewellery continue to circulate, particularly vintage engagement rings.

Due to the growth of industrial production, tools and materials were a lot different and offered so many opportunities when it came to production, including the possibilities of jewellery design. With these machines becoming more accessible to countries globally, this style became more common.

How Can You Tell Something Has The Art Deco Style?

There are many main characteristics of the Art Deco era, however, some stand out more than others. Firstly, it is an extremely broad design that is adapted to the characteristics of other artwork/designs.

The most common characteristic of Art Deco is geometric patterns. This remarkable style was inspired by many art forms such as Cubism, Constructivism, Bauhaus Art School and Futurism. This is strongly seen in the Mandora painting by Georges Braque, a famous painting for this particular style that is believed to inspire many Art Deco designs we see today.

The Art Deco style is unique, mainly as it’s a combination of multiple historical types.

Art Deco is a unique style and is something many people love, especially in the 21st century. It takes us back to a time artwork was very unique which is certainly not as common today, which is why it is so highly appreciated all over the world.