Shop for Art Deco Engagement Rings
Art deco engagement rings are a beautiful way to show your style. Interested in a different style for your ring? This type of jewelry might be the genre for you.
The art deco period was known as an iconic era in design. Symmetry, bold lines, geometric shapes, and clean lines are all hallmarks of art deco jewelry. Furthermore, filigree detail is prevalent in pieces from this time.
One of the biggest trends in the art deco period was filigree detail. This intricate metal design is due to the use of die-cut machines. Typically, these pieces were cast in platinum or white gold. Also, this jewelry frequently included many small diamonds.
If considering a filigree piece, pay close attention to the karat weight of the gold. More often than not, jewelers used 10 karat or 18 karat white gold.
One of the most remarkable qualities of art deco engagement rings is their geometric design. Edwardian engagement rings are quite similar to art deco. However, Edwardian pieces lack the geometric design aspect.
Calibré Cut Gemstones
During this period, jewelers introduced calibré cut stones. Gems are specially cut to fit together perfectly. This resulted in a seamless sea of color. More often than not, you’ll see rubies, emeralds, and sapphires in these pieces.
Old European Cut Diamonds
Old European cut diamonds were prevalent throughout the era. Round stones faceted between 1890 and 1930 were primarily this type. Diamond cutters had very little technology (if any) available. Therefore, most relied on their own eyes for measurement as they cut these stones by hand.
Round diamonds cut before 1890 are known as “Old Mine Cut.” Furthermore, diamonds cut after 1935 became known as Transitional cut” or “Modern Round Brilliant.” Be sure to ask about the stones in any engagement ring before purchasing.
We also encourage you to learn a little more about the particular components of an Old European Cut diamond. Be sure to ask a Gemologist for more information.
Custom Made Jewelry
Much of the jewelry of the day was hand made. With calibré cut stones and delicate filigree work, jewelers had a tough job. It’s challenging to replicate the filigree work seen in authentic vintage pieces.
Reproductions are often made using wax molds. Because of this, the details appear more “chunky.”
Art deco reproductions are very common. It’s essential to do your homework before purchasing a piece of estate jewelry. If the item doesn’t explicitly state that it originated in the early 20th century, it may be a reproduction.