Jewelry History

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Diamond History

Art Deco is the geometric style that succeeded Edwardian jewelry. The term Art Deco derived from the 1925 Paris L'Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs et Industriels Modernes, the style was then referred to as “Art Moderne” or “Modernistic”. This style was characterized by geometric lines and angles, rather than the curves of the previous era. Motifs are characterized by diverse combinations of color and abstract patterns. In 1922, the opening of Tutankhamen's Tomb in Egypt inspired the use of Egyptian motifs in Art Deco jewelry. Influences from cubism as well as African, Oriental, Persian/Islamic, Jugendstil and Native American designs were common in Art Deco Jewelry. Colored stones were utilized more, and opaque stones such as jade, onyx and coral were set in geometric shapes. In the Art Deco period, many stones were cut in strict, geometrical shapes, typified by the calibre technique or extensive use of elongated baguettes, square Carré, French cuts, and Single cuts.