Art Deco is one of the most opulent styles in history. Its translation from French means “decorative art.” This style got its name in 1925 when an arts and crafts exhibition was held in Paris. So, where did it originate exactly? And why is Art Deco so popular in the field of designer diamond jewelry?
The Art Deco style owes its emergence to several sources, including the Art Nouveau artistic tradition, cubism, the Bauhaus, and, paradoxically, archaeological finds of the beginning of the 20th century. The latter resulted in a heightened interest in the culture of Ancient Egypt with its laconic perfection of forms and lines. The Ballet repertory company called “Russian Seasons,” which was organized by the Russian impresario Sergei Diaghilev, also contributed to the development of Art Deco. Its performances delighted Europe not only with an innovative approach to the ballet art, but also with original, bright, and expressive costumes and scenery. Numerous masters producing Art Deco jewelry in NYC still draw inspiration from those impressive performances.
Thus, what does luxury diamond jewelry executed in the Art Deco style look like? There are hardly any floristic elements and smooth lines. Instead, jewelers use simple geometric shapes, clear lines, and bold colors. When creating custom-made jewelry pieces, high-end diamond jewelers combine seemingly incompatible materials in one model. Diamonds and enamel or onyx, precious and ornamental stones, ivory, mother-of-pearl, and coral perfectly coexist in one product.
It is common for jewelry masters, including those constructing Art Deco jewelry in NYC, to consider this style somewhat industrial due to its signature smooth, shiny metals – platinum, silver, white gold or even alloys of different metals. The use of colored enamel or varnish creates a striking color effect in luxury jewelry items made in the Art Deco tradition.
The combination of several saturated colors in precious accessories is a distinguishing feature of this sumptuous style. Even the creators of vintage luxury jewelry tend to play with a vibrant combination of gemstones. Diamonds, rubies, amethysts, emeralds, and sapphires are spinning in the dance in majestic designer diamond bracelets, rings, earrings, and other Art Deco gems.
This exquisite style brought us such gorgeous designs as long tiered necklaces made of pearl, large geometric pendants of white metal with bright enamel or precious stones, and elongated earrings. Luxury diamond bracelets inspired by Art Deco
are massive and often emit fantastic oriental motifs. Diamond brooches and pendants decorated with sparkling gems highlight the refined taste of this style’s devoted admirers.
Rafka is one of the most experienced diamond jewelry designers producing impeccable hand-made pieces of Art Deco jewelry in NYC. Nothing emphasizes a bright personality better than an Art Deco masterpiece does, and Rafka, a famous New York jeweler, knows it better than anyone else. With over 50 years of experience, Rafka approaches jewelry craft with passion and an eye for detail. He strives to develop unique pieces cherishing the individuality of their owner. If you prefer lavish accessories that will never be repeated, one of the greatest masters of Art Deco jewelry in NYC will gladly create a one-of-a-kind jewelry item matching your character.