Category List

Tag List

Dapper Christmas Gifts (1)
Vintage Gruen (1)
Antique Jewelry (3)
Snake Ring (1)
Art Deco wedding bands (1)
Cezanne (1)
Art Deco Engagement ring (1)
Art Deco Jewelry (1)
Engagement Rings (1)
antique wedding bands (3)
Vintage Rolex (1)
Estate Jewelry (5)
leopard print (1)
Antique rings (1)
Layered necklaces (1)
OSCARS 2014 (1)
Mens Christmas Gifts (1)
Emerald cut (1)
Oscar Jewelry, (1)
Cleaning an Engagement Ring (1)
Harry Winston, (1)
Mid Century Diamond Band (1)
Sapphire Ring (1)
May Birthstone (1)
40 million dollar watch (1)
Fine Jewelry Gifts (1)
Vintage Movado (1)
Romantic Proposals (1)
Rose Gold Engagement RIng (2)
Mother of the Bride (1)
Retro Jewelry (1)
Colored Stones (1)
Idina Menzel (1)
Picasso (1)
Pinterest jewelry (1)
Heidi Klum (1)
Groom (1)
Jewelry (2)
coral (1)
gemstones (2)
Bulgari (1)
Pink Gold Jewelry (2)
Holiday Gifts (1)
Jessica Biel (1)
Ruby (4)
Allison Williams (1)
Platinum (2)
Egyptian Revival (1)
labradorite (1)
Diamond Watch (1)
Art Deco period (1)
Angelina Jolie (1)
Cubism (1)
Diamonds (1)
Hollywood A-lister's (1)
Gemstone (1)
Julia Roberts (1)
Ruby History (1)
Citrine (2)
modern jewelry (2)
Cocktail (1)
Ruby Ring (1)
pink sapphire (1)
Jennifer Lawrence (1)
Art Nouveau Cufflinks (1)
Fine Jewelry (1)
14k (1)
Gemstone Cleaning (1)
Cushion cut diamonds (1)
Diamond (2)
Pink Gold (2)
something new (1)
Aquamarine (1)
Gold (2)
Best honeymoon locations 2013 (1)
Beryl (1)
Statement Ring (1)
OSCAR Fashion (1)
Pigeon's Blood (1)
diamond wedding band (2)
Art Deco Wedding Band (1)
two-tone jewelry (1)
18k (1)
color of the year (1)
Vintage engagement rings (1)
Vintage Watches (3)
1920's Wedding Band (1)
King Tut (1)
Catherine Martin (1)
pink tourmaline (1)
Kate Hudson (1)
Jewelry Cleaning (1)
Vintage earrings (1)
golden globes 2014 (1)
Ceylon Sapphire (1)
Holiday (1)
orange blossom (1)
Gem Qualities (1)
custom jewelry (1)
spinel (1)
moonstone (1)
modern wedding bands (1)
Trends (1)
Celebrity Jewelry (4)
opal (1)
pastel (1)
sapphires (1)
Ruby Wedding Band (1)
Filigree Jewelers (3)
Vintage Wedding Bands (1)
Elizabeth Taylor Jewelry (1)
Safely Cleaning (1)
Victorian Earrings (1)
Sapphire (1)
cabochon (1)
Sapphire Wedding Band (1)
Golden Globe Jewelry (1)
Emerald History (1)
Art Deco History (2)
MartinPatrick3 (2)
Tiffany & Co (1)
Emerald and Diamond Earrings (1)
Queen Victoria (1)
art nouveau jewelry (1)
Rose Gold (3)
Men's Accessories (1)
Diamond Engagement Ring (1)
1920's Jewelry (1)
Belais Brothers (1)
pantone (1)
Engagement Ring (1)
Bridesmaids (1)
Emmy's (1)
Academy Awards (1)
Paris World's Fair (1)
Fred Leighton (1)
Victorian Jewelry (3)
Spring (1)
chalcedony (1)
Cleaning a Diamond (1)
Minnesota Monthly (1)
something old (1)
Vintage bracelets (1)
bold colorful jewelry (1)
Vintage cocktail rings (1)
Lorraine Schwartz (1)
something borrowed (1)
Emeralds (2)
Emerald Folklore (1)
19th Century (1)
Righthand Rings (1)
Chopard (1)
Creative Proposals (1)
Piaget (1)
sustainable jewelry (1)
Prohibition (1)
bride (1)
diamond eternity band (1)
Wedding Planning (1)
Robert Procop (1)
Emerald (1)
Bridal Attire (1)
Cocktail Ring (1)
turquoise (1)
Green gemstone (1)
The Perfect Gift (1)
History (1)
Watches (1)
Wedding Superstitions (1)
Neil Lane (1)
White Gold (1)
Kate Middleton Ring (1)
cornflower sapphire (1)
Dunnhill Lighters (1)
Dior (1)
morganite (1)
Graff Diamond Watch (1)
Layering jewelry (1)
Minneapolis (1)
Fancy cut diamonds (1)
Vintage Cufflinks (1)
The Four Somethings (1)
Art Deco Engagement Rings (1)
kunzite (1)
Romantic honeymoon (1)
antique engagement rings (5)
something blue (1)
Vintage Jewelry (6)
Royal Baby, Crown Jewels, (1)
Rose Gold Jewelry (2)
14k Rose Gold (1)
Schlumberger (1)
Antique Jewelry, (8)
Ruby Allure (1)
Naomi Watts (1)
Cleaning Gold (1)
Mourning Jewelry (1)
Chimento (1)
Men's Store (1)
Stacking Rings (1)
Made in the U.S.A. (1)
Art Deco (3)
Diamond Bracelet (1)

Tag Cloud

Ruby Wedding BandEngagement Ringscolor of the yearCitrineMens Christmas GiftsCleaning a DiamondDiamond BraceletRose Gold JewelryGraff Diamond Watchsomething oldNaomi Watts Vintage Wedding BandsHollywood A-lister'sCleaning an Engagement RingGoldRose GoldEmerald and Diamond EarringsBest honeymoon locations 2013King TutRighthand RingsspinelVintage CufflinksEmerald FolkloreKate HudsonAntique Jewelry,Art Nouveau CufflinksGemstonegolden globes 2014Diamond Engagement RingColored StonesmoonstoneDapper Christmas GiftsPigeon's BloodCatherine Martin1920's Wedding BandBridesmaidsGroom Vintage JewelryVictorian JewelryEngagement RingCezanneHolidayDunnhill LightersFiligree JewelersGolden Globe JewelryMen's Accessoriesantique engagement ringsEgyptian RevivalSapphire Wedding BandMen's StoreArt Deco Engagement ringOSCARS 2014Emerald HistoryVintage engagement ringsLayering jewelryDiamond WatchPlatinumSafely CleaningWedding SuperstitionsChopardDiamondDiorVintage GruenchalcedonycabochonVintage WatchesJulia Robertsdiamond wedding bandHistoryCreative ProposalslabradoriteArt Deco periodtwo-tone jewelryAngelina Jolie antique wedding bandsJennifer LawrenceGreen gemstoneVictorian EarringsStatement Ring14k Rose GoldMother of the BrideHoliday GiftsVintage earringsEmmy'sAntique ringsProhibitionRetro JewelryVintage braceletsAllison WilliamsChimentoFred LeightonTiffany & CoBelais Brotherspink tourmalineOSCAR FashionSchlumbergerFancy cut diamondsmodern wedding bandssomething newPinterest jewelry14kBridal AttireCelebrity JewelrybrideThe Four SomethingsCocktail RingAquamarinemodern jewelrysomething borrowedElizabeth Taylor JewelryCeylon Sapphirecustom jewelryVintage MovadoCubismSapphirecornflower sapphire19th CenturySapphire RingBerylRomantic ProposalsAntique JewelryVintage cocktail ringssustainable jewelryThe Perfect GiftLorraine SchwartzRose Gold Engagement RIngsapphiresRubyKate Middleton RingLayered necklacesJewelry CleaningMade in the U.S.A.Gemstone CleaningCocktailSnake RingCushion cut diamondsWatchesMartinPatrick3Picassoart nouveau jewelryturquoise Art Deco Wedding BandRuby HistoryOscar Jewelry,Estate Jewelrypink sapphireDiamondsdiamond eternity bandMinneapolisQueen VictoriaJessica BielpastelMourning JewelryRuby Ringleopard printVintage RolexCleaning GoldArt Deco wedding bands40 million dollar watchcoralMinnesota MonthlyArt Deco Engagement RingsFine JewelryArt DecoPink Gold JewelrypantoneEmeraldsHeidi Klum1920's Jewelrysomething blueArt Deco JewelryArt Deco HistorymorganiteopalGem QualitiesIdina Menzel orange blossombold colorful jewelryBulgariFine Jewelry GiftsRoyal Baby, Crown Jewels, Harry Winston,Pink GoldEmeraldTrendsWedding Planning18kMay BirthstoneMid Century Diamond BandAcademy AwardsParis World's FairRuby AllureRobert ProcopPiagetkunziteSpringJewelryWhite GoldStacking RingsNeil LaneRomantic honeymoongemstonesEmerald cut


Art Deco for Short

April 02, 2015 at 12:31 PM




Art Deco is a term we use to describe jewelry and architecture from the twenties and thirties, but where did this term come from? 

The International Exposition of Modern Industrial and Decorative Arts (FrenchL'Exp osition internationale des arts décoratifs et industriels modernes) was a World's fair held in ParisFrance, from April to October 1925.   While many exhibitions during this time would contribute to what would eventually be known as “art deco”, this event would become ground zero for the movement and epitomized a “modern” style characterized by streamlined geometric and symmetric compositions and a sleek machine age look.


The term "Art Deco" was derived by shortening the words Arts Décoratifs, in the title of this exposition, and it was popularized in the late 1960s by British art critic and historian, Bevis Hillier.

The Exhibition would bring together thousands of artists and over the five month duration and over 16 million attendees.  The exhibition was heavily influenced by France’s post war ambitions and its aim was to re-establish French taste and luxury goods as the gold standard of the day and Paris as the world center for shopping. 

With large pavilions for major manufacturers and small boutiques lining the side streets, the exhibition transformed Paris and drew volumes of people during the day and the city was ablaze with light in the evening.  Major landmarks such as the Eiffel tower were transformed into giant advertisements (the Eiffel tower was outfitted with a giant Citroen logo) and in a time when electricity was still fairly new, lighting on this scale was a modern marvel and a sight to behold in and of itself.


Exhibition rules called for “modern” inspiration.  Boasting a taste for straight lines and geometric interpretations of shapes from nature, art deco, with its simplicity and faithfulness to French tradition would eventually take the place of art nouveau and was influenced by cubism, Fauvism, the Russian Ballet and Black art and is typified by an audacious color palette and a mix of diverse materials. 


The jewelry of flappers and the jazz age, unlike art nouveau jewelry, was in harmony with the machine age and made use of new materials like plastics and metals such as platinum. Incorporating new materials, Art Deco designs were flamboyant and relied on art of the era for inspiration. The strong geometrical component of art deco jewels was directly related to the modern art produced alongside it. Straight lines, squares, triangles, rectangles, arrows, but also circles and arcs combined in stunning designs which have become highly desirable and sought after collectibles today.

See our gorgeous collection of original antique art deco jewelry here:






Tags: Antique Jewelry, antique engagement rings Art Deco period Art Deco Paris World's Fair Art Deco Engagement ring
Category: Art Deco

Please add a comment

You must be logged in to leave a reply. Login »

212 Third Avenue North
Minneapolis, MN 55401
By appointment only.
612-486-2290 (phone)
612-234-4534 (fax)
PayPal Acceptance Mark