Art Deco (1920-1935)
The post-war Art Deco period brought a dramatic change in women’s fashion, to simple, elegant, practical styles that allowed women to participate in activities that were previously for men only.
Think Coco Chanel. The movement coincided with modern industry techniques which brought us jewellery innovations such as cultured pearls, gemstone mosaics, lacquer and invisible setting. The fluidity and animal themes of the Art Nouveau movement were replaced by a markedly clean, rigid, geometric approach to design as a whole.
Cultures around the world influenced the Art Deco era and introduced new jewellery fashions, from ancient Egyptian motifs to exotic, colourful materials such as lapis lazuli, turquoise and agate.