The Art Deco style is one of the most beloved and desired of all jewelry aesthetics in both American and European history. Replacing the organic, flowing lines that dominated the Art Nouveau movement of the early twentieth century, Art Deco embraced sleek geometry and perfect symmetrical patterns. The development of industrial machinery allowed for not just accurate precision in the production of the jewelry, but also mass manufacturing of the pieces, which meant beautiful, high-quality jewels were not limited to only the elite.
Besides clean, strong lines, Art Deco is also characterized by striking contrasts of colors, typically using enamel and materials such as onyx and coral. Both of these aspects were reflective of modern artistic movements of the time: the strong lines imitated Cubism while the intense colors emulated Parisian Fauvism.
Earrings were now long and feminine, contrasting with the shorter hairstyles of the period. Linear and geometric, earrings usually terminated with larger gemstones of color.
Like earrings, necklaces were often long and flirty, with tassel pendants or intricate beading. Necklaces emphasized the low-cuts of short dresses and complimented the newly popular tassels on clothing.
Brooches were worn on every feasible part of the clothing, including the hat or scarf. Coral, onyx and Jade were incorporated into many brooches, and an Asian motif of pagodas and flowers was often represented in many of these jewels.
Art Deco was also influenced by Egyptian Revival, which is my personal favorite. The bracelet below is a perfect example of Egyptian Revival in Art Deco, and one of my favorite pieces at Shreve, Crump & Low.
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Lucky you! It is said that everyone should have aquamarine in their jewelry collection as it compliments all skin tones very well!
The word aquamarine has Latin roots, aqua meaning water and marina meaning the sea. Legend has is that this particular gemstone was very sacred to Neptune, the Roman god of the sea. Thus, the relationship with the sea produced a special bond between sailor’s and the gemstone, vowing to protect sailors from monsters of the sea and guarantee them a safe voyage.
The gem was first known to be used by the Greeks around 400 BC when aquamarine amulets were worn engraved with Poseidon, the Greek god of the sea, on his chariot.
The tranquil, pale blue color of aquamarine is said to cool tempers and allow cooler heads to prevail as it symbolizes loyalty and honesty. While the blue color is more intense in larger stones, aquamarine ranges from a greenish blue to a blue green. Aquamarine is found mainly in the southern hemisphere in Brazil, Nigeria, Madagascar, Zambia, and Mozambique.
Jean Schlumberger (1907-1987) is internationally acclaimed as one of the world’s most talented jewelry designers. Born in Alsace, France, he created highly imaginative jewelry withgold and dazzling gemstones that evoked and transformed the beauty of flowers, exotic birds and mythical creatures. His glamorous clientele included his friends such as Marina, the Duchess of Kent – who became a lifelong supporter of Schlumberger’s work, and Elsa Schiaparelli, the famous couturier. Schlumberger also became the preferred designer for such illustrious women as Babe Paley, Elizabeth Taylor, and Countess Mona Bismarck. John F. Kennedy purchased the famous Two Fruit clip inrubiesand diamonds for Jacqueline Kennedy, which is now in the permanent collection of the Kennedy Library.
Shreve, Crump & Low is proud to carry many pieces of Schlumberger’s remarkable jewelry, including three gold fish pins in our Chestnut Hill store, signed “Tiffany & Co. Schlumberger”, with rubies, garnets, diamonds, and sapphires.
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Shreve, Crump & Low was thrilled to present Michael De Paulo’s Spring 2012 Collection on Saturday evening at Boston Fashion Week and to provide fine jewelry to complement his gorgeous couture gowns and dresses. These photographs by Daniel Gagnon photographycapture some of the elegant designs and sparkling jewelry that combined to make Michael De Paulo’s show, directed by Gerard Vellacello, truly magical.
Aquamarine jewelry is associated with March birthdays, Scorpios, honesty, beauty, loyalty and happiness. From the color of a light blue sky to a dark blue sea, aquamarines sparkle. In seafoam to bright blue, aquamarine jewelry is an easy choice to compliment your skin or eyes. According to tradition, aquamarines promise a happy marriage, joy and wealth to the wearer. Aquamarines are favorite of modern designers and old.