Art Deco Inspired Jewels From Rock My Vintage

Vintage has become a big news story in fashion in recent years, and Rock My Vintage is one of its greatest exponents/ Based in Birmingham’s Custard Factory, the brand stocks a range of items under the vintage umbrella, from true pieces from the past, to faithful reproductions, vintage inspired pieces, and beautiful accessories and jewellery that have that feel of being found in granny’s jewellery box.

For me, when it comes to jewellery, I love the style, shape and colours that are linked to the Art Deco era, which had its heyday in the 1920s. Art Deco was exciting, flamboyant, geometric and super stylish, but due to a resurgence that began in the 1960s and never really ended, true Art Deco pieces are becoming harder to source, not to mention, very, very expensive.

The Green Art Deco necklace and matching drop earrings from Lovett and Co are just one of the jazz age styled items stocked at Rock My Vintage. (You can view their full range here). The necklace is a beautifully delicate piece with diamante stones that reflect so prettily, framing green opal stones that catch the light perfectly. The chain is antique plated brass that is 40cm in length, but can be extended a further 6cm through the adjuster.

 

 

 

These are really versatile pieces of jewellery, that can be worn as a matching set, or styled separately. They can be worn with really dressy outfits, or just to add a touch of retro style or bling to a simple daytime outfit. I love the fact that the pieces are really well made, but are also light and delicate – this made them perfect to pack in a suitcase to take to my brother’s recent wedding in Cyprus. I wore the earrings with my wedding outfit, and. as you can see, they were a perfect match, with the drop being so elegant.

I’ve worn the necklace on a different night out, and, it sits so nicely just below the nape of the neck. The opals look great with a wide range of colours.

Rock My Vintage is definitely worth checking out if you like jewellery of the vintage kind, it has so many lovely pieces that you will be able to wear for years and years.

Old or New: Smart Ways to Shop for Antique Jewellery

Shopping for an antique engagement ring can be difficult if you don’t know what to look for. Knowing how to spot damaged or fake antiques could save you from purchasing a ring that’s not authentic.

Look for Bad Repairs

Over the years the ring has probably been repaired, but you want to make sure that faulty repairs have not damaged the wearability of the ring. When looking at the ring, check the front and back to make sure that nothing has been done to the ring that would make it difficult to wear, or that would allow for the stones to easily fall out.

Antique engagement ring

Antique engagement ring

 

Know the Era

Knowing the different styles and hallmarks from each era will help you to decipher whether or not a ring is authentic. For example, if you know a certain diamond cut was not made during the Georgian period, but the person selling it claims it’s from that period, then it may not be authentic.

Antique engagement rings are from the following eras:

 

  • Rings from the Georgian (1700-1830) period have intricate metal work with flowers, butterflies, ribbons, and scrolls. The gems used were diamonds, garnet, emerald, topaz, and amber and they were usually a rose or table cut. The settings were usually closed with a foil backing. It’s very rare to find a ring from this period.

 

  • Rings from the Victorian era (1837-1901) had diamonds, amethyst, pink and gold topaz, coral, turquoise, ruby, garnets, emeralds, black onyx, and pearls, among others. The cutting styles were rose cut, old mine cut, and step cut. The motifs included snakes, angels, crosses, Greek and Roman designs, clovers, flowers, and Celtic, crescents, horseshoes, and moons, among others.

 

  • The Art Nouveau era (1895-1915) had rings that depicted nature with old mine and old European cutting styles. The gemstones used were small diamonds, pearls, emerald, opal, amber, lapis lazuli, tourmaline, and synthetic gems, among others.

 

  • Edwardian (1901-1914) rings have a hallmark or a maker’s mark stamped on the inside of the shank. The motifs included bows, ribbons, stars, moons, shamrocks, and leaves. The gemstones were pearl, diamond, emerald, peridot, sapphire, ruby, and opal, among others. They were usually seen with a rose, old mine, or Old European cut.

 

  • Rings from the Art Deco era (1920-1930) featured designs with a lot of diamonds in them. Others gemstones used were emerald, sapphire, black onyx, crystal, ivory, and jade, among others. The stones were cut with old mine cut, Old European cut, and step cuts.

 

Art Deco engagement ring

Art Deco engagement ring

Where to Look

Authentic antique engagement rings can be found in a variety of places including local jewellery stores, online jewellery shops that specialize in antique jewellery, and estate sales. For those in Florida, Tampa Bay jewelry stores offer a great selection of antique jewellery.

When searching for that perfect unique and charming antique ring for your loved one, make sure to keep the above in mind, and remember you can always ask your jeweler if you have any questions or concerns.

Bio
Mia Middleton has earned herself the nickname of magpie; she gravitates towards shiny things, most notably jewelry, and has recently landed a dream job at her local jewelry store. In her spare time Mia enjoys shopping for antiques and collectibles and adding to her ever-expanding jewelry collection!

Adding Art Deco touches to your home.

When it comes to style, there is one era and design period that stands out as perfection. The Art Deco era, which was first popular in the 1920s and 30s was a time of design that was notable for its striking modernity and visual boldness, both in colour and form.

Art Deco was all about rich, bold colours. Geometric shapes and straight lines were also fused with curves, half moons and ornamentation that was not always well received at the time. The Art Deco look now seems so well suited to the 1920s, you can only really see this trend rising at the same time as the emergence of the Flapper, the movies and the Jazz Age. But in recent years, Art Deco pieces have again become popular, seen in films like The Artist, stage plays like Top Hat, and preserved in the great London hotels Claridges and The Savoy.

If you are interested in incorporating some Art Deco style into your home decor and decoration, there are some key features that you can focus on. These can help you to achieve Art Deco style in your home without turning it into a museum.

Here are some areas you could look at.

Cupboards and Units

Furniture is an obvious way of incorporating the Art Deco trend. Good pieces can be picked up in junk shops, antique shops, and there are good quality reproductions around. I love how this kitchen has mixed the modern and the vintage to create an incredible space.

Designer kitchen by Morgan from Homify

Designer kitchen by Morgan from Homify

Lighting

Lighting is very important to achieving an Art Deco look. Free standing lights like the one featured below are just so evocative of the look, especially when you take a glimpse at the base. Is there anything more Deco than black and gold – think the Biba sign and the Gucci flapper dresses from a couple of seasons ago? (click here for a recap). The second example almost has the look of a vintage cigarette holder, again, an icon of the 1920s.

16 Stehleuchte Grenoble, rechts die Messing-Variante : Lighting by Art Deco Schneider

16 Stehleuchte Grenoble, rechts die Messing-Variante by Art Deco Schneider From Homify

08 Stehleuchte Panther, rechts die Messing-Variante : Lighting by Art Deco Schneider

08 Stehleuchte Panther, rechts die Messing-Variante by Art Deco Schneider from Homify

Floors

There are some really good examples of modern flooring that would certainly fit into the Art Deco era. Parquet flooring, of the sort so wonderfully exhibited in Eltham Palace, can be a great fit for an Art Deco inspired home. You could also use a floor tile for bathrooms like the sort shown below. The blue and white is striking and modernist.

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Muswell Hill House 1, London N10 by Jones Associates Architects from Homify

What are your thoughts on Art Deco?