A Sapphire and Diamond Line Bracelet, Circa 1930s
Like Art Nouveau, Art Deco was an artistic movement, not limited to jewellery. It cultivated an ideology that is characterised by a celebration of the modern and mechanical. Like the Cubist art movement, Art Deco jewellery focuses on the relationship between form and function. Clean lines and geometry are dominant.
The shifting pace of women’s lifestyles played an important role in the evolution of women’s fashion and adornment. With the First World War, women from all sections of society began working. The elaborate constructions of Edwardian jewellery became impractical and simpler forms were favoured in rings, earrings and bracelets.
Inspiration for jewellery of this time was drawn both from the urban cityscape and the ‘ocean liner’ aesthetic favoured by architects such as Le Corbusier. The sleek sides of the ocean liner’s black hull was mimicked in the prominent use of onyx in Art Deco designs.
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