Art Deco is an enduring style that captured the attention and inspiration of the masses in the early 20th century and still remains a beautiful style in the modern day. Everything from buildings to furniture to jewellery was influenced by this art movement. Learn more about Art Deco and some of the pieces of Art Deco jewellery you can find at Gray Reid Gallery in Melbourne.
Art Deco, derived from the French term Arts Décoratifs, first began at an international exhibition for art in 1920s Paris. This modern style was a response to the tragedy and world-changing events of World War I, which ended in 1918 and resulted in a widespread shift in the minds of people across Europe. With the war over, artists saw an opportunity to imbue their work with optimism and hope for what the future would bring.
Art Deco reflected this hope with bold patterns, luxurious materials and exotic touches. It took inspiration from past movements like Cubism, Fauvism, Futurism and Suprematism and injected exuberant designs into every aspect of society. Skyscrapers like the Chrysler Building in New York City bore Art Deco influence, but even small everyday pieces like rings, brooches and earrings took on a Deco style.
Art Deco jewellery is some of the boldest, most recognizable in the world. From the 1920s when Art Deco first began through the 1940s, big names in the jewellery industry like Cartier, Fouquet and Ostertag designed standout necklaces, earrings, bracelets and more, all in the bright, colourful, geometric style.
Previous trends of Edwardian jewellery gave way to a style that favoured simple yet luxurious designs with nature motifs and sharp geometric patterns. More exotic gemstones like lapis, jade, ivory and others made Art Deco jewellery cement its exceptional place in history.
With its roots at the end of a dark period, Art Deco continues to influence us today. As we come out of our own challenges in history, we can be inspired by the optimism for the future that is present in the bright pieces of Art Deco that remain today.
Gray Reid Gallery offers countless unique Art Deco pieces at our Melbourne showrooms. Contact us today to learn more about our Art Deco pieces or to consult us on a custom Art Deco-inspired piece. You can reach us on +61 (0) 3 9650 7700 or [email protected], or you can fill out our online contact form.