1920s Engagement Rings: Top Tips for Finding Art Deco Engagement Rings

1920s engagement rings: The 1920s was the period of Art Deco, and as it was a reaction against very strict, sometimes garish, sometimes overly-flowery Victorian/Edwardian Age, the furniture, art, and even the jewelry of the 1920s sought to make use of a lot of symmetry, geometric designs, and eloquent understatement. The floral motifs and heavy use of curves of the earlier age also gave way to bold colors and drama in the designs of art deco engagement rings.

These ideals made their way into the 1920s engagement rings. So did something else: newly discovered technology enabling more work to be done in platinum than ever before. In the 1920s, art deco engagement rings often had a mixture of colorful gemstones and a diamond or diamond to embody the drama and the bold coloration the times so loved. Platinum or white gold would be used for the ring itself, to highlight those traits even more. The most popular of these other gemstones were: onyx, emerald, ruby, turquoise, sapphire, and coral.And yet more technological advancement led to some new diamond cuts for 1920s engagement rings.

The Marquis Cut is thought to have been first developed in 18th century France when King Louis XIV commissioned a new diamond cut shape to mimic his mistress' sexy smile. A marquise stone gives a unique optical illusion: due to its mass being concentrated in its top surface facet, the shape often makes it seem to be a larger stone than it really is. This allowed drama in art deco engagement rings to be more affordable.

Emerald Cut stones are one variation on the step cut--so, the stone's facets appear to the eye like steps carved into the gem. This particular variation is a long rectangle with just slightly cropped corners. Emerald cut diamonds were frequently used in combination with other, colorful gemstones to reflect and offset their reflected and refracted light.

Pear Cut diamonds are also called teardrops or pendeloques, and have one side of the stone being rounded while the other side tapers to a fine point. These were used, and have become very popular in use today, as solitaire diamond ring settings. However they were and are also used in cluster settings, with the pear cut dwarfing the other stones that surround it.

People who are turning back to the antique rings or replicas of the 1920s today want flash with style and a mixture of simplicity and sophistication. They may also see their art deco engagement rings as representing better, vanished times when there was no war (for the time being) and people partied with prosperous good times.

If you like antique engagement rings, check out other rings such as 1930s engagement rings or Victorian engagment rings.

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