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

Featured Jewelry – Emerald – May’s Birthstone

Happy Birthday To All Of Our Followers Born In May!

 

Emeralds are a symbol of rebirth, very fitting for the month of May as it the start of spring! The word Emerald is of Greek origin, derived from the word smaragdos which means “green stone.” Emerald gemstones are very delicate and they range from a very light green to a deep, forest green. Those who own Emeralds are granted youth and good fortune. In fact, emeralds were believed to prevent various diseases as well, including epilepsy, fever and dysentery.

This particular gemstone dates back to Egypt in as early as 330 B.C. when the Romans dedicated the gemstone to the goddess Venus because it also symbolized the reproductive forces of nature. Today can be found in Colombia, Brazil, Afghanistan, and Zambia. However, high-quality emeralds are difficult to obtain. However, Shreve, Crump & Low is fortunate enough to have some of the best quality emeralds in the country! We’ve highlighted two of our favorites below, but browse the full collection of Emerald pieces here.

11.25ct Colombian Emerald & Diamond Drop Earrings
11.25ct Colombian Emerald & Diamond Drop Earrings
Colombian Emerald Ring With Natural Color Pink Diamond Accents
Colombian Emerald Ring With Natural Color Pink Diamond Accents

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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Tassel Earrings Talk of the Town

       Julianne Moore’s Bulgari emerald tassel earrings were the talk of the Golden Globes on Sunday evening. She wore a black strapless Chanel Couture Fall 2011 gown with subtle, ruffled layers, with her luxurious  red hair swept over one shoulder to reveal her stunning earrings. 


Ms. Moore is not the first actress to wear tassel earrings to the Golden Globes.  In 2010, Kate Hudson looked equally glamorous in her Stephen Russell diamond and pearl tassel earrings.
Our estate collection features 18 karat white gold vintage diamond and cultured pearl tassel earrings(shown above) that look remarkably like those worn by Ms. Hudson.  
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Taylor Swift Sparkles in Emeralds

Photo courtesy StyleBistro.com
The inimitable Taylor Swift won big at the 2011 American Music Awards held at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles on November 20, 2011.  Earning three awards – for Artist of the Year, Country Female Artist, and Country Album for “Speak Now” – she dazzled in her sparkling strapless gown with bead and sequin detailing from Reem Acra’s Spring 2012 collection.  
Keeping her accessories simple and elegant, she accented her gown with stunning emerald earrings and a gold bracelet. We love her earrings, but we also think she would have looked fabulous in these emerald and diamond earrings from our estate collection, shown below. 
We congratulate Taylor Swift on her outstanding achievement and terrific fashion sense!

Click here to see more emerald jewelry from our collections.