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Revisiting The Art Deco Era Through Jewellery
By Kaavya Pillai
14 Oct 2022
The term Art Deco was coined during the Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs et Industriels Modernes, held in Paris in 1925, which was largely devoted to the arts of jewellery. This dramatic transformation was set in motion during the era of the first world war in Europe. Women had to forgo their layered and complicated outfits in favour of simple dressing that allowed them to do industrial work in absence of men who were on the war front. This era also heralded a resistance against the excesses of the previous European monarchies. Consequently, this change also impacted the jewellery styles. Called “style moderne,” this type of jewellery with symmetric and structured geometric lines continues to be highly sought after by collectors even today. Present day contemporary jewellery designers too find inspiration in the iconic visual design movement.
Presented below are some of the most important Art Deco and Art Deco-inspired jewellery lots showcased in AstaGuru’s upcoming auction.
Lot no. 110: An Impressive Pair of Art Deco Bajubands
This impressive pair of bajubands is a rare find as it amalgamates a typical Art Deco design with a traditional Indian piece of jewellery. Set with fine quality calibre-cut Burmese rubies and old-cut diamonds, the pair is created in a beautiful chevron design.
Lot no. 100: An Art Deco Diamond Ring
The breathtaking ring is set with a central old European cut diamond that is flanked by four diamond baguettes, all mounted in platinum. The symmetry in design is indicative of the ring belonging to the Art Deco era.
Lot no. 74: An Impressive Five Row Burmese Ruby Bead Necklace
Consisting of five rows of stunning natural old mine graduated Burmese ruby beads, this necklace strung on a chedia also features two beautiful Art Deco-inspired diamond panels on each side.
Lot no. 59: A Pair of Art Deco Ear Clips By Gazdar
Created in a classic cornucopia motif, these Art Deco ear clips are set with rare old mine Colombian circular cut emeralds along with pave set diamonds and diamond baguettes. The clips have been designed by the iconic jeweller Gazdar whose expertise in creating heritage jewellery with rare and precious gems in timeless and luxurious designs has famously earned it the patronage of erstwhile Indian royal families.
Lot no. 13: A Suite Of Carved Burmese Ruby & Diamond Jewellery
This suite comprises a stunning necklace and matching ear pendants.The necklace is created in an Art Deco Tutti Frutti-inspired design and consists of 15 panels with carved rubies, ruby beads and diamonds. The Tutti-Frutti designs took the Art Deco era by storm and the gems used for the iconic designs were often sourced from India.
Lot no. 114: A Sugarloaf Zambian Emerald & Diamond Ring
This stunning statement ring comprises a fine emerald sugarloaf set in an Art Deco design, accompanied by perfectly matched diamond baguettes mounted in an 18k white gold band.
Scheduled on October 20-21, 2022, AstaGuru’s upcoming Jewellery, Silver, And Timepieces auction will present a different kind of limited edition with 125 lots. The jewellery curation for the sale pays an ode to the rich history of the modern jewellery traditions. It brings the legacy of the Art Deco era in the limelight with several lots inspired by the influential movement that brought a revolution in jewellery tastes and preferences. The large selection is executed with some of the finest jewellery pieces set with beautiful natural pearls, Burmese rubies, Colombian and Zambian emeralds, and high quality diamonds. Please visit our website to view the entire catalogue and register for bidding.