Vintage Jewelry Design

Vintage Jewelry Design: Classics to Collect and Wear by Caroline Cox

NK 4890 .C67 C695 2010

“Cartier, Fabergé, Tiffany, Boucheron: fabulous names that conjure up the glitter of diamonds, the sheen of pearls and the glint of emeralds and rubies – and names that could never have achieved their evocative and pervasive power before the rise of the middle class in the twentieth century.

Focusing on the styles that have emerged from Art Nouveau, circa 1890, to the present day, Vintage Jewelry Design places jewelry design firmly in its cultural context, exploring the work of prestigious firms and artist-designers of the day, while breathtaking photographs showcase stunning works of art from every era.

In the Art Nouveau chapter, sinuous lines and pale colors, worked in  nature-inspired motifs, are featured, while the Edwardian chapter highlights the filigree settings and platinum-and-diamond pieces that created the popular white-on-white style.  Geometric shapes, as well as shield-, baguette- and calibre-cut stones, inspired by Cubism, are showcased in the Art Deco movement of the 1920s.  By the 1930s, Hollywood heralded in showy cocktail rings and estate designer jewelry by such firms as Tiffany, Cartier and Van Cleef & Arpels.  In the 1940s, excess entered costume jewelry with faux gemstones and flashy metal settings gaining prominence.  Christian Dior’s “New Look” led to a coordinated style in the 1950s, with notable names being Jean Schlumberger at Tiffany’s, Trifari and Swarovski.  A liveliness in design characterized the 1960s, with experimentation in every material from the new PVC to silver and plastic.  Bohemian and ethnic styles from fashion were reflected in jewelry of the 1970s, but “real” jewelry came back in the 1980s, with luxury gemstones and faux fashion pieces.

Vintage Jewelry Design concludes with a chapter on future collectibles, as well as an in-depth glossary and an international sourcing and collecting guide.” – publisher description

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