Art Deco Oldmine Cut Diamonds & Onyx ring
Delicious Art Deco Onyx & Diamond Ring in 18k gold
The name Art deco comes from 1925’s Paris World Fair: Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs et Industriels Modernes, which in English translates to International Exposition of Modern Industrial and Decorative Arts. The art movements that shaped Art Deco were Cubism’s geometric shapes and the bright colors of Fauvism.
Fashion, in particular for women changed in the 1920 - 1930s. The Art Deco jewelry and fashion style was a scream for autonomy and recognition. The war ensured that men had to leave their jobs in order to fight in the war. Gradually more and more women entered the workforce and it brought women a sense of independence. In line with this, fashion had transformed from the relative formality and restriction of the Edwardian era and the war time years to fun and practical styles (think of the ever classy, feminine and unconventional Coco Chanel) that highlighted the freedom of modern women and allowed them to participate in activities that were previously for men only.
Corsets disappeared and dresses became shorter and in a sense more playful and cool rather than dainty and 'figure hugging'. This freedom and sense of fun was reflected in the new, exciting jewelry styles and fashions. Jewelry pieces crafted during this historical design period reflect the growing optimism of the times, the surge of expanded social freedoms, modern technological developments and new never-before-seen artistic movements.
In terms of jewelry and jewelry styles during this period, many notice that square, oval, and rectangle shapes were popular and highly in demand during the art deco era. Sometimes a variety of geometric shapes were used together to create a complex piece with interesting lines. Often, these shapes have straight lines and angles, although curves are sometimes part of the design.
Diamonds were considered to be appropriate only for formal evenings such as fancy dinners and soirées. Wearing diamonds during the day was seen as vulgar. Therefore, many Art Deco pieces include diamonds only in combination with other gemstones such as lapis lazuli, coral, onyx and jade.
The millgrain effect was a very popular method for decoration. It was achieved by using a knurling tool that made the tiny beads that you can see on this ring. The jewelry from this specific era represents the glamorous, fun, and flamboyant period!
- 14k gold
- Old European cut diamonds
- size 6.5 US & easily sizable
- Excellent condition
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