Nearly a century after its inception, Art Deco style is making its bold, extravagant comeback. Once an expression of '20s grandeur, Art Deco's geometric patterns, liberal use of symmetry, and vibrant jewel tones continue to infiltrate modern-day fashion, art, interior design, and jewelry. Case in point: the resurgence of Art Deco engagement rings.
While minimalistic rings remain popular, bold sapphires and layered geometrical shapes are becoming more and more commonplace. Time-honored retailers like Bloomingdale's as well as modern boutiques like KatKim are leaning into the vibrancy, creativity, and opulence that defined the movement. Jewelers are even expanding their collection of genuine antique Art Deco jewelry for customers to purchase online.
The Hallmarks of Art Deco & Art Deco-Inspired Jewelry
True to form, Art Deco jewelry is easily identifiable. The style was all about modernity and optimism for the future—everything from skyscrapers to engagement rings were a show of opulence and excess. By the mid-20s and '30s, iconic jewelers like Tiffany & Co. began experimenting with more ornate settings and flashier designs. As Los Angeles–based jewelry company Trumpet & Horn reports, defining characteristics of Art Deco engagement rings and other jewelry from this time period include:
• Symmetrical designs.
• Layered geometrical shapes, including squares, triangles, and octagons.
• Brightly colored jewels, including rubies, emeralds, and sapphires.
• Lighter metals, such as silver, white, gold, and platinum.
Investing in a Vintage Art Deco Ring vs. Buying a Modern Style
The decision to invest in a vintage Art Deco engagement ring or opt for a more modern, Art Deco–inspired piece is entirely up to the customer. Of course, genuine vintage pieces are one-of-a-kind and have a priceless historical aspect that no modern-day jeweler can re-create.
Plus, these pieces may even increase in value over time. Modern pieces, on the other hand, typically offer a more subtle take on the style. Jewelers are able to pick and choose the Art Deco design elements they want to feature, as opposed to including a geometric design, layered diamonds, and a colorful center stone in each piece.
Whether you're looking to buy an Art Deco–inspired ring or hunt down the perfect vintage piece, you can purchase your dream ring online at the following retailers:
Vintage: Brilliant Earth, Etsy, Filligree Jewelers, James Allen, Erstwhile Jewelry
Modern: KatKim, Catbird, Bloomingdale's, Nordstrom, Ashley Zhang Jewelry
Below, shop the 25 most stunning vintage and modern Art Deco engagement rings.
A modern design perfectly infused with Art Deco.
This article was originally published at an earlier date and has been updated.