Jewelry Insider: Art Deco Style

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.

Diamond & Sapphire Art Deco Pin

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.

4.36ct Emerald & Onyx Art Deco Ring

Earrings

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.

10.50ct Aquamarine & Diamond Drop Earrings

Necklaces

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.

Pearl and Sapphire Tassel Pendant

Brooches

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 Carved Jade & Diamond Pin

Bracelets

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.

Art Deco Egyptian Revival Multi-Gem Bracelet

Shreve, Crump & Low’s Red Tag Event!

Shreve, Crump & Low’s Red Tag Event is going on now!

Contact a Shreve, Crump & Low Jewelry Specialist today for the Red Tag Price on the items featured below! 

18K White Gold Tennis Bracelet
18K White Gold Tennis Bracelet – $16,800
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Sapphire Multi-Color Drop Earrings
Sapphire Multi-Color Drop Earrings – $11,000
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Tourmaline & Diamond Necklace – $7,700
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Vintage Diamond & Ruby Bracelet
Vintage Diamond & Ruby Bracelet- $11,000
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Emerald & Diamond Three Stone Ring
Emerald & Diamond Three Stone Ring – $33,000
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38 carat Aquamarine Pendant Necklace
38 carat Aquamarine Pendant Necklace – $39,600
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Featured Jewelry – Aquamarine – March’s Birthstone

Happy Birthday to All of Our Followers Born in March!

7.44ct Oval Aquamarine & Diamond Drop Earrings
7.44ct Oval Aquamarine & Diamond Drop Earrings

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.

24ct Aquamarine & Diamond Angelfish Pin
24ct Aquamarine & Diamond Angelfish Pin

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.

Dazzling fish pins by one of the world’s most talented jewelry designers

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 with gold 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 in rubies and 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.  

Click on the jewelry images to learn more about these pieces.

A Dazzling Michael De Paulo Show at Boston Fashion Week

A stunning aquamarine pendant and earrings complemented this evening gown.

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 photography capture some of the elegant designs and sparkling jewelry that combined to make Michael De Paulo’s show, directed by Gerard Vellacello, truly magical. 
Platinum Tahitian pearl and diamond earrings and a delicate necklace of black diamonds were perfect selections of jewelry for this gown.
Platinum, diamond, pearl, and pink tourmaline earrings from our Estate Collection 
dazzled with this violet gown.

Aquamarines: March Birthstone and Beyond

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.

Here is a lovely aquamarine necklace from our estate jewelry sale going on now.

Shreve, Crump & Low carries a variety of aquamarine necklaces, earrings and rings online and in our Boston store.