|Art Deco Jewellery|
(c.1908 to 1935)
Art Deco began in Europe, particularly Paris, in the early years of the 20th century, but didn't really take hold until after World War I. It reigned until the outbreak of World War II.
Jewellery from the Art Deco period took on an 'architectural' appearance, with gemstones being cut in bold geometric shapes such as the emerald cut, pentagon, trapezoid, or triangle "trillion" cut. Another characteristic of the Art Deco movement was to combine bold, contrasting tones like black and white. Diamonds and light colored gemstones were mixed with dark materials of black onyx or bakelite, for a striking appearance. Diamonds were also pavé set into bold patterns to form a contrasting white field.