Discovering the Glamour of Art Deco Jewelry at Olde Towne Jewelers in Santa Rosa, CA.

Art Deco, an influential movement that emerged in the 1920s and 1930s, brought a distinct sense of modernity and elegance to various aspects of design, including jewelry. At Olde Towne Jewelers in Santa Rosa, CA, we take immense pride in offering an exquisite collection of Art Deco jewelry that captures the essence of this iconic era.

The Origins of Art Deco

The Art Deco movement originated in France after World War I, during a period of optimism and social change. This era, often referred to as the Roaring Twenties, was marked by rapid industrialization, technological advancements, and a burgeoning fascination with luxury and glamour. The movement drew inspiration from a variety of sources, including Cubism, Futurism, and ancient Egyptian and Aztec art. The result was a unique aesthetic characterized by bold geometric patterns, vibrant colors, and an emphasis on symmetry and sleekness.

Characteristics of Art Deco Jewelry

Art Deco jewelry is immediately recognizable due to its distinctive features. Here are some key characteristics that define this style:

  1. Geometric Shapes: Art Deco designs often incorporate sharp, angular lines and geometric shapes such as chevrons, zigzags, and triangles. These elements give the jewelry a modern, architectural quality.
  2. Bold Colors: Jewelers of the Art Deco period embraced vivid colors, often using gemstones like emeralds, sapphires, and rubies to create striking contrasts. The use of colorful enamel was also popular.
  3. Exotic Materials: This era saw the incorporation of unconventional materials such as jade, onyx, and lapis lazuli, adding an exotic flair to the pieces.
  4. Symmetry and Repetition: Symmetry is a hallmark of Art Deco design. Many pieces feature repetitive patterns and motifs, contributing to a sense of harmony and balance.
  5. Glamorous and Luxurious: Art Deco jewelry exudes opulence. Diamonds were a favorite choice, often set in platinum, which was valued for its strength and ability to hold intricate designs.

Iconic Art Deco Jewelry Pieces

At Olde Towne Jewelers, our collection includes a variety of iconic Art Deco pieces that showcase the elegance and innovation of this remarkable era. Here are a few types of jewelry that were particularly popular during the Art Deco period:

  1. Cocktail Rings: These statement rings are characterized by their large size and bold designs. Often featuring a central gemstone surrounded by intricate detailing, cocktail rings were the perfect accessory for the lavish parties of the 1920s.

  2. Long Necklaces and Pendants: Art Deco necklaces often featured long, geometric pendants, sometimes incorporating tassels or fringe. These necklaces were designed to complement the era's fashion, which favored longer, streamlined silhouettes.

  3. Bracelets: Art Deco bracelets were typically wide and rigid, adorned with geometric patterns and a combination of gemstones and precious metals. They were designed to be worn in multiples, creating a striking visual impact.

  4. Earrings: Earrings from the Art Deco period often featured drop designs, with geometric shapes and colorful gemstones. They added a touch of elegance and movement, perfect for the era's sophisticated evening wear.

  5. Brooches and Pins: These versatile accessories were a favorite among Art Deco designers. Brooches often featured intricate designs, including motifs inspired by nature, such as flowers and animals, as well as abstract geometric patterns.

    1920s Art Deco Platinum, Solid 14K Gold & .30 Ct. Sapphire Filigree Pin, Brooch

The Art Deco Legacy at Olde Towne Jewelers

At Olde Towne Jewelers, we are passionate about preserving the legacy of Art Deco jewelry. Our collection is carefully curated to include authentic pieces that exemplify the craftsmanship and artistry of the era. Each piece tells a story, offering a glimpse into the past and a connection to the glamour and excitement of the Roaring Twenties.

We believe that owning a piece of Art Deco jewelry is like owning a piece of history. These pieces are not just beautiful accessories; they are a testament to a time of innovation, creativity, and cultural change. Whether you're drawn to the bold geometric designs or the luxurious use of gemstones, our collection has something to offer every jewelry enthusiast.

Caring for Your Art Deco Jewelry

To ensure that your Art Deco jewelry retains its beauty and value, proper care is essential. Here are some tips to help you maintain your precious pieces:

  1. Regular Cleaning: Gently clean your jewelry with a soft cloth and mild soapy water. Avoid using harsh chemicals or abrasive materials that could damage the gemstones or metal.
  2. Proper Storage: Store your jewelry in a soft-lined box or pouch to prevent scratches and other damage. Keep pieces separate to avoid tangling and potential breakage.
  3. Professional Maintenance: Periodically have your jewelry inspected and cleaned by a professional jeweler. This ensures that any loose stones or damaged settings are promptly addressed.

Visit Olde Towne Jewelers

We invite you to visit Olde Towne Jewelers in Santa Rosa, CA, to explore our exquisite collection of Art Deco jewelry. Our knowledgeable staff is dedicated to helping you find the perfect piece that resonates with your personal style and appreciation for history. Whether you're searching for a unique gift or a special addition to your own collection, we are here to assist you every step of the way.

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