Art Deco-Inspired Jewels To Love Forever

Photo: Courtesy of Lionette by Noa Sade.
Art Deco jewelry is unlike anything that came before it in history — loud, geometric, and forward. "A heady, celebratory air flowed through Europe and America after the end of the first World War," explains Doyle & Doyle founder Elizabeth Doyle. "Artists [of all kinds] strove to create a new vocabulary of design, displacing the naturalistic and historicist forms of the 19th century in favor of linear, streamlined shapes."

This gave way to baubles that borrowed their geometry from the period’s most innovative architecture — New York City’s Empire State Building and Rockefeller Center, for starters — and their futuristic motifs and brilliant colors from artists like Pablo Picasso.

For all the love there is for Art Deco jewelry today (thanks, The Great Gatsby movie), it may surprise you to know the period lasted just 15 years, spanning from approximately 1920 to 1935. While there are still plenty of vintage gems to scoop up, you can shop contemporary styles — both costume and fine — inspired by the era, too. The look is so timeless that you're pretty much guaranteed to love the pieces ahead, forever.
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This ring's geometric design and use of white gold are classic Art Deco.
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These diamond-and-garnet studs make a gorgeous statement.
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Pendant necklaces go especially well with another popular '20s trend: drop-waist dresses.
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Give colorful stones, like pink tourmaline, the spotlight.
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"The 1922 unearthing of Tutankhamun’s tomb led to a fashion for Egyptian motifs," explains Doyle.
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If you're not big on snakes, go for fringe.
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A dainty Deco charm for your neck.
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This architectural design is surprisingly lightweight.
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Definitely not your grandmother's pearls...
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De L'Amour's umbrella-shaped earrings are strung with a row of cascading chains that will move with you.
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"Art Deco’s streamlined geometry continued to impact jewelry designers throughout the 20th century," says Doyle. We'd say the same of jewelers today.
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Eye see you.
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The product description says it all: "Inspired by Picasso's Harlequin paintings, the Prankster Bracelet is a mix of textures and colors."
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This vintage-inspired stacking ring features four emerald baguettes in a row.
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Statement earrings are seeing a major resurgence this spring.
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Who said bow-ties are just for suits?
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Gold and turquoise combine to make a truly stunning cocktail ring.
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These earrings have a subtle, feminine glamour.
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Art Deco-inspired rings tend to be architecturally inspired.
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It's hard not to love this eye-catching color.
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Fringe benefits, courtesy of the 1920s.
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Deck out your wrist with Lulu Frost.
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Dangling studs fit for Daisy Buchanan.
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Erica Weiner's onyx-and-diamond ring has a slightly Deco feel, but without the costume-like quality people tend to associate with the period's accessories.
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The more sparkle, the better — right?

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