Although strikingly dissimilar in their aesthetics, both the Art Nouveau and Art Deco eras left indelible impressions on fine jewelry design in the early 20th century. While Art Nouveau styles featured the organic shapes, classical detailing, and romantic design elements of nature, vintage Art Deco necklaces embraced the cutting-edge innovations in architecture, technology, and culture that effectively redefined 20th century jewelry.
Both Art Nouveau and Art Deco jewelry contributed exquisite designs to the history of fine jewelry. Starting in the last decade of the 1900s, Art Nouveau rose in popularity as a reclamation of classical styles, and of the blurring of lines between fine arts and applied arts. Asymmetry, fluidity, and naturally inspired forms came to characterize Art Nouveau design.
In reaction to this movement, the Art Deco period favored geometric shapes, bold symmetry, and a celebration of the industrial splendor of the Machine Age. This aesthetic is especially apparent in vintage Art Deco necklaces, such as striking necklaces in white diamonds, highlighting the rich ornamentation and unapologetic glamor of the era in addition to mirroring great architectural marvels like the Statue of Liberty or the Empire State Building.
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