By Danielle Olivia Tefft, Jewelry Writer
Congratulations! You’re on a mission to find a spectacular art deco engagement ring. Here are some important considerations to keep in mind during your journey:
Genuine art deco engagement rings from the 1920s, 1930s and early 1940s are ever growing in popularity. To meet the seemingly insatiable demand, many modern rings are being created in the art deco style. Some of these rings are actually being made from art deco era ring molds that have been in storage all these years. These are perfectly acceptable alternatives to genuine art deco rings as long as they are disclosed as such. But recognize the value of these modern replicas will never be as high as that of original art deco engagement rings from the early 20th century.
2. Characteristic Style
Art deco engagement rings have distinct symmetry and bold geometric design elements. The gemstones are often cut in linear geometric shapes such as triangles, rectangles, hexagons or octagons. The settings also have prominent linear features and geometric shapes. Be aware that there are many engagement rings from the beginning or end of the art deco era that have more style elements from the previous Edwardian era or the latter retro era of World War II. These are transitional engagement rings. Typically, they are less desirable than art deco engagement rings with signature geometric features.
3. Age Appropriate Diamond Cuts
The most popular diamond cuts in art deco engagement rings are Asscher, emerald, baguette, old European and round brilliant. Other period-correct cuts include the rose cut, cushion cut and old mine cushion cut. Steer clear of art deco engagement rings that have been reset with diamonds in modern cuts like trillion and princess.
4. Appropriate Accent Gemstones
In the glitzy art deco era, dazzling diamonds were king. The most popular accent gemstones were sapphires, rubies, emeralds, onyx, moonstone, carnelian and coral. If your art deco engagement ring includes accent gemstones, they should be on this list to be considered a signature piece of the era.
5. Period Correct Precious Metals
Platinum was king for art deco engagement ring settings. White gold also became commercially available during this time. It was a less costly alternative for the middle class with the same white metal look as platinum. Few engagement rings of this era were made of yellow gold or other colored gold. While they exist, they are not signature pieces of the era.
How on earth can you tell if an engagement ring is truly from the art deco period? You have to find a knowledgeable and reputable jeweler like those at: https://www.estatediamondjewelry.com/product-category/art-deco-engagement-rings/
What’s your favorite attribute of art deco engagement rings? Please let us know in the comments section.
Danielle Olivia Tefft is a professional writer with a lifelong passion for gems, jewelry and fashion. She is a GIA accredited jewelry professional and the owner of online antique and vintage jewelry shop, Treasure Box Antiques. Current projects include ghostwriting jewelry and fashion blogs for clients worldwide. When she is not writing, she spends time in the garden, spoiling her cats and traveling with her significant other. Would you like to hire her to write for you? Visit her website danielleoliviatefftwrites.com for clips, terms and more information.
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