Monday, October 24, 2011

Etsy Finds of the Day: Art Deco Diamond Rings

I love the Art Deco period and the lines of the jewelry at the time.
Let's learn about it:

Led by the best designers in the decorative arts such as fashion, and interior design, Art Deco affected all areas of design throughout the 1920s and 1930s, including architecture and industrial design, as well as the visual arts such as painting, the graphic arts and film. At the time, this style was seen as elegant, glamorous, functional and modern.
Abstract motives and geometrical forms are quite typical for the Art Deco period. Art Deco moved away from the soft pastels and organic forms of its style predecessor, Art Nouveau, and embraced influences from many different styles and movements of the early 20th century, including Neoclassical, Constructivism, Cubism, Modernism, and Futurism. Its popularity peaked in Europe during the Roaring Twenties and continued strongly in the United States through the 1930s. Although many design movements have political or philosophical roots or intentions, Art Deco was purely decorative.

Here are some great rings from Etsy:

$1,489 white gold and diamond ring 
This ring demo the 1930s features 2 ct of diamonds in a starburst pattern. I tried on a vintage Cartier ring once that looked a little like this and it was AWESOME. If you are going for bling, do it up and get a cocktail style ring like this.

$1,690 Diamond and sapphire ring
I have never seen a ring like this with the open space inside the square and the diamonds standing out alone in the center. Very chic.

$1,950 Diamond and Pearl yellow gold deco ring
Diamonds are cold and pearls are warm in tone, so putting them together can be hard. The yellow gold in this ring does a good job of tying together the gems and warming up the diamonds. I love the little cups, they remind me of shells.

$1, 150 Vertical Diamond French art deco ring
This ring doesn't have much description, but it looks like it has silver settings and a gold band. The diamonds really stand out from the dark oxidized setting.

$1,750 Diamond deco wedding band
Doesn't this look like an eye? There is a ton of intricate work on the border, and I like the natural leaf pattern on the setting of the central diamond. A little bit more nouveau than deco, but wharves.

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