1920's Art Deco Jewelry
Following the First World War people everywhere were looking forward to a new and brighter future. The Art Deco design style became very popular in the 1920s and 1930s due to its geometric forms which conveyed elegance and sophistication. The roaring twenties was the age of the Flapper, Jazz music and the Machine Age. Popular Art Deco jewelry was made from rubies, gold, and pearls as well as bakelite, amber, chrome and steel. Platinum was the "in" metal used in conjunction with opaque stones like turquoise, coral, jade, onyx and lapis lazuli. Art Deco costume jewelry was extremely popular with many and varied designs that varied from the simple to extravagant. Influences on jewelry design included Egypt (due to the discovery of Tutankhamens treasure), Asia, Africa, technology and nature. 1920's Art Deco jewelry is easy to recognize by the predominance of geometric designs: circles, squares, rectangles, triangles etc.