The History of Art Deco Engagement Rings
The Art Deco design movement appeared just before World War I and developed into a popular style in the 1920s and 1930s. The movement influenced everything from buildings to cars and jewelry to radios. Art Deco combined modernist trends with rich materials and meticulous craftsmanship, representing luxury and glamour. Its name, short for Arts Décoratifs, comes from the Exposition internationale des arts décoratifs et industriels Modernes (International Exhibition of Modern Decorative and Industrial Arts) held in Paris in 1925.
As such, during the 1920s Art Deco engagement rings were all the rage. In keeping with typical Art Deco design, these rings were always symmetrical, often featuring diamond-encrusted bands and halos to highlight linear shapes. Diamonds weren’t as popular for engagement rings as they are today, so they often featured stones like emeralds and sapphires instead of only diamonds. These vintage Art Deco engagement rings were built for the newly confident women of the Roaring Twenties, so they are often vibrant statement pieces—perfect for the vivacious women of today who want a beautiful, vintage engagement ring.
What Is the Difference Between Art Deco Engagement Rings and Edwardian Engagement Rings?
Art Deco and Edwardian style engagement rings are very similar because they both use intricate geometric settings and shapes, often on Platinum bands. Edwardian jewelry is from the 1900-1915 era, and is named after King Edward 7th, of England. The complex designs were elegant in appearance, which led jewelry design into the Roaring Twenties when Art Deco jewelry took over in popularity until the late 1930s. There are some common differences between the two styles. For example, Edwardian design commonly incorporates many small diamonds on a large band, while white gold and colorful gems are reminiscent of the Art Deco era.
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