The geometric Art Deco design period of the 1920s and 1930s came after the nature inspired designs of the Edwardian and Art Nouveau periods, leaving behind floral feminine and entering the world of bold and colourful. The First World War had come to an end, industry was changing and new technology was being embraced. Internationally people were ready for change and this translated directly into jewellery, with vintage Art Deco engagement rings becoming world-renowned.
The Parisian Exposition ‘Internationale des Arts Decoratifs et Industriels Modernes’ in June 1925, was a showcase to the world of what Art Deco encompassed – geometry, simple designs, clean lines and vibrant colours. Inspired by modern art, the jewellery was like an abstract artwork, with Art Deco engagement rings becoming particularly popular.
With this cutting edge style came new shapes and cuts of stones, making vintage 1920’s engagement rings some of the most innovative in history. Geometry was abundant, with sharp edges, lines and stepped shoulders appearing everywhere, the emerald-cut, asscher cut, step cut and baguette-cut were particularly prized. These new cuts of stones provided a bolder look with clearly defined elegance and beauty.
Platinum was the preferred metal, providing strength and malleability. It was perfect for intricate detailing and was the best background for setting exquisite coloured gemstones, which were an important feature of vintage Art Deco engagement rings during this period. Beautiful, colourful, translucent gemstones were contrasted with bright diamonds and the opaque colours of onyx, coral, jade and lapis. Revelling in colour, Art Deco created combinations that are still used today, with many of the original Art Deco engagement rings still circulating.
Across the span of almost two decades, Art Deco jewellery varied from early ornate pieces featuring intricate metal work, through to ‘high’ Art Deco designs popular for Art Deco engagement rings, of strong, overt and striking shapes. The jewellery produced in this period was of such influence that it has become one of the most easily recognisable design periods of all time.
To own an original piece of Art Deco jewellery is to own a treasure from one of the most prominent design eras in history. This jewellery is truly extraordinary in its uniqueness and timeless style, making Art Deco engagement rings an exceptional choice for your loved one.
Art Deco engagement rings encapsulate an era of glamour and sophistication, which makes them the perfect choice when choosing a unique vintage engagement ring. Art Deco was prominent during the 1920s - 1930s and the style is characterised by abstract designs, colours and geometric patterns and shapes.
Art Deco rings are still very much in demand as they are superbly unique. With a range of beautiful colourful gems, sophisticated diamond settings and unique designs, our carefully curated selection of vintage Art Deco engagement rings means that you not only get to choose a vintage treasure from one of the most prominent eras in history, but a unique and timeless vintage 1920’s engagement ring.
Art Deco is perhaps amongst the most recognisable styles in history. The 1920s-1930s had huge influence on the way in which jewellery was designed and many long-established jewellery companies, including Tiffany & Co, designed and created many of their iconic pieces during this time. Art Deco jewellery, and Art Deco engagement rings in particular, have some characteristics which make them truly distinguishable from any other era.
Whilst the Victorian era influenced elegant and romantic jewellery pieces, the Art Deco era made way for a new and modern aesthetic. Vintage Art Deco engagement rings were mainly designed using white gold or platinum and incorporated stones such as pearls, diamonds and rubies - all of which were considered very attractive and sought after at the time. Art Deco engagement rings also tended to use geometric shapes and designs. Not only are Vintage Art Deco engagement rings bold and beautiful, but they are also very desirable and have a high value.
When deciding on an Art Deco engagement ring, choosing a genuine, vintage Art Deco engagement ring is important if you want a piece that is true to the era from which it came. Firstly, get an idea of the style and design which prefer, as this will make it easier to narrow down your search and find the perfect piece
Diamonds, sapphires, rubies and emeralds were all typically used in vintage Art Deco engagement rings, meaning that the ring itself can be particularly bright and colourful. However, Art Deco engagement rings can also be simple and elegant, depending on the style chosen, so it’s best to take your partner’s personal style into consideration when choosing a vintage 1920’s engagement ring.
When buying an engagement ring, there are differing thoughts on how much should be spent. Traditionally, a ring was to cost around three month’s salary, but the most important thing when it comes to choosing and buying an engagement ring is selecting one which your partner will love.
Taking care of a vintage Art Deco engagement ring is important to ensure the ring and gemstones remain clean and bright. The materials and stones used to create Art Deco engagement rings are typically long lasting, with their age being evidence, due to some pieces being 100 years old. Usually, they can withstand day to day wear, but it is best to take it off whilst doing chores or exercise.
The best way to clean an Art Deco engagement ring is by simply soaking the ring in warm soapy water for 10 minutes in order to dislodge any dirt or dust. It is then best to gently brush around any clasps or claws with a soft toothbrush, then, gently dry and polish with a soft, dry cloth. In order to prolong the life of a vintage 1920’s engagement ring, taking proper care of the ring is highly recommended.