The art deco period from the 1920s to the 1930s saw revolutionary designs in many things, including jewellery. The period saw many top jewellery designers making their names, and some of these brands are still available today. So, if you love jewellery and are looking for something unique and special, there are lots of art deco jewellery choices available, including engagement rings.
Below are some of the biggest names in jewellery design from this period that you will want to look out for the next time you go shopping.
Jean Fouquet took up designing jewellery after being inspired by his father, who was instrumental in creating the aesthetic of the art deco movement. Jean embraced using semi-precious gemstones in his designs as these gems were readily available and did not hold the same value as they do today. He would often incorporate aquamarine, topaz, or amethyst into his jewellery designs and became well-known for creating unique designs of high quality.
One name from this period that is still prevalent in the jewellery industry today is Cartier. Louis-Francois Cartier founded the company in Paris in 1847 and soon became well-known for producing high-quality jewellery designs that are still popular today. When you shop for antique Art Deco engagement rings online, you can still see some Cartier designs from this period available, and they still serve as among the ideal engagement rings for many couples.
Suzanne Belperron is another well-known name from this period, and she took inspiration for her designs from everything she saw around her. She was known for creating some of the most Avent Garde jewellery designs of the 20th century with Bernard Herz, a Parisian gemstone dealer. Something else she was known for was not signing her jewellery. During World War II, Herz was sent to Auschwitz, where he died, but before he went, the company was signed over to Belperron, who, after the war, signed the company to the son of Herz. The famous jewellery designer disappeared into obscurity after her retirement, but her jewellery designs still live on today.
Jeanne Bovin built a reputation with her husband for designing beautiful fluid jewellery that took inspiration from many cultures around the world. They embraced Persian, Syrian, and Egyptian designs, and although they were not truly art deco, they still became hugely popular with the public. As a result, the jewellery designs are highly sought after today, and the timelessly classic jewellery they created can be extremely valuable. Jeanne Bovin also inspired many other jewellery designers during this period, and jewellery designers still look at her designs for inspiration to this day.
These are a few of the most influential jewellery designers from the art deco period last century; however, there are more besides these. There are plenty of examples available when you visit your local antique jewellery store, and you may end up seeing a design that you fall in love with when you see it. So whether you are looking for an engagement ring, wedding ring, or some beautiful jewellery to treat yourself, you will adore the jewellery designs from this period.