Vintage Engagement Rings from the 1920s: Art Nouveau & Art Deco

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In the early twentieth century, two new artistic movements emerged — Art Nouveau and Art Deco. Nearly a century later, both Art Nouveau and Art Deco continue to influence art and design including jewelry and engagement rings. Read on to learn what elements define these iconic 1920’s styles.

Art Nouveau, which means ‘new art,’ developed around the time of the industrial revolution and represented a reaction against the strict historical styles favored in the nineteenth century. It sought to break down the barriers between fine art and applied arts like architecture, furniture, textiles, and jewelry.

Art Nouveau designs were often inspired by curvaceous natural forms such as plants and flowers. If you’re looking for an Art Nouveau style engagement rings, focus on nature motifs, lacy flourishes, and feminine scrollwork.

A winsome floral-inspired diamond halo lends a unique charm to this round cut engagement ring finished with an engraved 14K white gold shank.

Showcase the enchanting sparkle of your round cut center stone in this intricate setting with an enthralling openwork design. Curving lines and crescent silhouettes are accented with sophisticated milgrain detailing.

Art Deco emerged after World War I and took its name from the “Exposition International des Arts Décoratifs et Industriels Modernes” in Paris in 1925. Unlike Art Nouveau, the Art Deco movement embraced machinery and technology. Designs from this era were also influenced by post-war prosperity and optimism for the future.

Art Deco engagement rings tend to be sleek and streamlined, favoring bold geometric shapes. Also look for rings crafted in silver-tone metals like white gold or platinum, diamonds cut in non-traditional shapes, and rings accented with colored gemstones.

Clean geometric lines characterize this 14K white gold Art Deco style ring. Trios of vertical baguette side stones enhance the vintage quality, flanking your oval cut center stone.

Alternating round cut diamonds and baguette sapphires lend vibrant color and sparkle to the band of this Art Deco inspired engagement ring with a distinctive octagonal halo.

Whatever your style, shop Gabriel & Co.’s full line of vintage engagement rings and find the perfect one for you!


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