Art deco is de­servedly a great source of in­spi­ra­tion for jew­ellery de­sign­ers.

Art deco is de­servedly a great source of in­spi­ra­tion for jew­ellery de­sign­ers. Char­lene Co high­lights a range of pieces that cap­ture the genre beau­ti­fully

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One of the most in­flu­en­tial and pop­u­lar artis­tic move­ments of the 20th cen­tury, art deco con­tin­ues to per­me­ate the worlds of ar­chi­tec­ture, fash­ion and jew­ellery more than 100 years since it emerged in 1910 to suc­ceed art nou­veau and reign for three decades. It’s a genre of con­tra­dic­tions, be­ing mod­ern with­out be­ing mod­ernist, and man­i­fest­ing in some forms as friv­o­lous and in oth­ers as aus­tere.

Boucheron’s Vendôme Ar­gen­tique neck­lace, which in­cor­po­rates di­a­monds, onyx and mother-of-pearl, is an exquisite ex­am­ple of art deco artistry in­spired by the her­ring­bone pat­tern of a tra­di­tional Parisian wooden floor. Like­wise, Cartier’s new Magi­cien col­lec­tion echoes the pe­riod beau­ti­fully; its Il­lu­mi­na­tion bracelet is a lav­ish con­fec­tion of carved crys­tal, and emer­ald- and trape­zoid-cut di­a­monds. The 31-carat emer­ald-cut di­a­mond at its cen­tre can also be worn on a ring.

Louis Vuit­ton looks to the later part of the art deco era for its Acte V/the Es­cape col­lec­tion, to the sleeker, more dis­creet Stream­line Moderne pe­riod that reigned from the late 1930s. The style, dis­tin­guished by sharp lines and less colour, is beau­ti­fully ex­e­cuted in the Acte V Apotheo­sis ban­gle. Also in­spired by this later pe­riod, Harry Win­ston uses flaw­less bril­liant- and baguette- cut white di­a­monds to fash­ion its iconic mo­tif on a bracelet in its Art Deco col­lec­tion.

More elab­o­rate art de­coin­spired pieces in­clude An­abela Chan’s Mid­night Tas­sel gold ear­rings, set with di­a­monds and black quartz, and Bu­tani’s Gatsby chan­de­lier ear­rings in 18K white gold set with more than 18 carats of di­a­monds. Mean­while, the Dior À Ver­sailles Aparte­ments de Mes­dames Cas­sette ring from Dior’s high jew­ellery col­lec­tion in­spired by the Palace of Ver­sailles cap­tures both the min­i­mal­ist and lav­ish ap­proaches of the art deco era by com­bin­ing dark­ened sil­ver, gold and plat­inum, and a gen­er­ous help­ing of white di­a­monds.

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