August 28, 2015
In recent years, we’ve seen an influx of customers looking for ‘vintage’ jewellery to achieve an authentic edge in a world dominated by mass production. There are many people who find it hard to differentiate between the eras, thereby labelling anything that isn’t current, ‘Vintage’. Well, we’re here to set the record straight and talk you through some distinct features found on jewellery from the past eras, making you aficionados of vintage jewellery.
Art Nouveau jewellery (c.1890 – 1915)
The Art Nouveau movement drew inspiration from both organic and geometric forms, thus creating a natural flow of angular shapes intertwined with natural forms. This style is also apparent in the jewellery of this time, you will notice many pieces feature plants, birds and insects, as well as a distinct Asian influence. The jewellery was a by-product that flowed from the era’s architecture and furniture, at a time when the art world was desperately trying to move away from the 19th century industrial revolution, to a more hand-crafted, natural way of producing.
Great artists from this period of time included; Aubrey Beardsley, Otto Wagner, Josef Hoffman and Arthur Liberty.
Art Deco (1920-35)
Influenced by various avant-garde painting styles, Art Deco is a fabulous unison Russian Constructivism, Cubism and Italian Futurism, combined with sheer simplification and abstraction.
Many of the jewellery designs also featured a distinct influence from Egypt, Africa and Japan, benefiting from materials such as Bakelite, Celluloid and Enamel.
Great artists from this era include; Tamara de Lempicka, Erte and Rene Lalique.
Hollywood is the main influence here, larger than life and bigger than ever and the jewellery was reflecting exactly what the stars were wearing. We’re talking large cocktail rings, shades of gold, dazzling citrine and aquamarine. Also, charm bracelets increased in popularity during this time, as well as jewellery sets where necklaces, earrings and bracelets were created to be worn together.
If you’re looking for some style tips, take a look at some of the Hollywood glamour stars from that era,such as; Rita Hayworth, Marilyn Monroe, Betty Grable, Audrey Hepburn and Lucille Ball.