Stacey Fay Designs
The 12 Days Gift Guide - Day 10- Gifts for the Art Deco Lover
The roaring 20's - a time of the Great Gatsby, flappers and outfits draped with jewels. ¬†It's a time of the Art Deco (short for Arts D√©coratifs)¬†movement,¬†growing out of the International Exhibition of Modern Decorative and Industrial Arts held in Paris in 1925. ¬†Art Deco style was characterized by a modernist flair and rich materials - a time of exuberance and prosperity post WWI. ¬†Often Art Deco jewelry contains geometric and architectural lines -an ode to modernism and technology - as well as innovative cuts of gems, and large rings with a prominent center stone. ¬†Filigree, made popular in the Edwardian period (1890-1920), continued through the Deco period and is often associated with jewelry of the time. Enjoy the beauties below, and today's deal is 15% off any of these. Contact us for the code! An example of the bold center stone - in this case a gorgeous cabochon cut amethyst ring. ¬†This piece also has the geometric lines in the ring's silhouette and cutouts. ¬†Then we have a ring showcasing innovative stone cuts, modern lines, and some filigree - a stunning ruby and diamond ring. One of my favorite rings in the shop is this octagonal lapis lazuli ring, set in white gold with intricate filigree work. ¬†The picture doesn't do this ring one bit of justice; the lapis lazuli has gorgeous inclusions and variations in color, and its shape is completely unique. ¬†Sweeping and simple lines make for a must-have bridal accessory in this gold filled opal bracelet. ¬†We love the layers and dimensionality to this piece. Classic deco in the form of a marcasite and carnelian brooch (marcasite jewelry was common in the 20's), and a black agate ring with geometric shoulders. Neither of these pieces are technically Art Deco - they were made many years later - but both have a Deco feel. ¬†A flapper style carnelian beaded necklace¬†from the 1960's hangs long like the necklaces of the 20's, and brings a vibrant pop of color. ¬†The carnelian filigree ring in gold over sterling silver has the Deco-esque elements of a prominent center stone and intricate filigree work. A masculine ring with feminine flair, a 1930's tiger's eye and diamond cameo ring featuring a soldier. ¬†This would have likely once been a gentlemen's piece, but we think it's perfect no matter your gender. ¬†Any bride would be thrilled to wear this 1930's lavalier necklace, featuring a white sapphire and pearl in a gorgeous filigree design. The famed Titanic went down in 1912, and among the first class passengers was Ostby of the jewelry company Ostby & Barton. The company was formed in the late 1800's and ceased production of jewelry in 1950, but today any Ostby & Barton pieces are considered historic collectibles given the Titanic link. ¬†These two agate rings - one with a black and white agate and one with an orange-hued agate - were made after Ostby's death in the 1920's. ¬†Their signet style and awesome architectural shoulders make these classic Art Deco pieces. Among our favorites in the shop!