Identifying Art Deco Engagement Rings

Written by Cynthia Findlay Antiques.

Art Deco rings are among the most popular vintage pieces on the market today. Women love the bold and stylish look of Art Deco rings, necklaces and other pieces of jewellery and look for pieces at vintage jewellery stores and online shops. If you are interested in collecting and wearing Art Deco estate jewellery, it’s important to know more about the history of the movement and how to identify Art Deco pieces.

The Art Deco movement started in the 1920s as a counterpoint to the Art Nouveau style of jewellery. While Art Nouveau pieces emphasized flowing, circular lines and designs inspired by nature, Art Deco jewellery took its stylistic cues from modern cities. These pieces favored geometric and symmetrical designs, along with sometimes mimicking the style of popular art movements such as Cubism.

Art Deco pieces are among the most popular antique engagement rings because these bold styles still resonate with modern jewellery lovers. Of course, this also means that many “Art Deco” pieces are actually reproductions or modern takes on the classic style. You’ll want to shop carefully to ensure that you are getting a truly vintage Art Deco piece.

For example, look to see if the ring has a hallmark stamp or a maker’s mark. You should also pay attention to the materials used in the rings. Art Deco pieces were opulent, often using the highest quality diamonds, sapphires or black onyx. However, bakelite was also a common material used in Art Deco pieces.

Countless shoppers have purchased the perfect vintage engagement ring from Cynthia Findlay Antiques. The store has a large collection of estate and vintage jewellery along with custom jewellery.

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