Glass Jewelery and the Art Deco Jewelry

Art Deco Jewelery:

Bright colors and geometric patterns characteristic of Art Deco jewelry expressed the confident and free-thinking tenor of the Roaring 1920s. There were many influences on Art Deco jewelry that actually began to take shape about a decade earlier. In 1909, Serge Diaghilev brought the Ballet Russes to Paris, and women went wild for the company’s exotic and vibrant costumes It’s no wonder, then, that jade, lapis, coral, turquoise and other bright gemstones became all the rage. There already existed a fascination with the East, particularly China and Japan, and motifs consisting of fans and masks started to show up in jewelry.

However, the event that had the greatest influence on Deco was the excavation of the tomb of King Tut in 1922. When the world saw what was hidden in Tut’s burial chamber, it sent just about everyone into a frenzy. Pierre Cartier wrote in 1923 that “the discovery of the tomb will bring some sweeping changes in fashion jewelry.” And he couldn’t have been more right. “Egyptomania” left an indelible mark on all of the major jewelry houses, from Cartier to Van Cleef & Arpels, Boucheron and Georges Fouquet.

Art Deco jewelry is by and large “white jewelry.” White metals, primarily platinum, were favored over yellow gold. Platinum was first used in jewelry at the end of the 19th century, and with the advancement in technology that allowed platinum to be easily worked, it remained popular through the Edwardian period. However, it became fashionable again with the discovery of the world’s largest platinum deposit in the Merensky Reef in northeast South Africa in 1924. Platinum, which could be manipulated to create fine and durable settings that, unlike silver, did not tarnish.

Around this time, the technology for diamond cutting also improved, so jewelers were able to achieve various geometric cuts. This was an opportune moment to create beautiful jewelry that was inspired by Cubism, Futurism and the Machine Aesthetic. Art Deco is known for its clean lines, and simple shapes were juxtaposed to create beautiful compositions. Pavé settings also became popular during this time. (The term refers to diamonds that are set so closely together that they create an illusion of a “paved” surface where the setting becomes invisible.)

While a lot of jewelry from this period was black and white — the black coming from the use of onyx or black enamel and the white from rock crystal and diamonds — there is plenty color in Art Deco jewelry. A perfect accent to diamonds in platinum settings were blue sapphires, emeralds and rubies, and these stones were also used in combination with each other.

Many designers employed coral, jade and lapis lazuli, too. In fact, some of the most important avant-garde jewelers of the period, like Jean Després and Jean Fouquet (son of Georges Fouquet), would combine white gold with ebony and malachite for a jolt of color.

A lot of the jewelry produced during this time nodded to current fashion trends, and women often accessorized their accessories. The cloche hat was often accented with geometric diamond brooches or double-clip brooches. Backless evening dresses looked fabulous with sautoir necklaces, and long pearl necklaces that ended with tassels, popular during the Edwardian period, were favored by women everywhere, including Coco Chanel.

Mademoiselle Chanel can also be thanked for popularizing of long earrings. The French fashion designer favored the masculine look, referred to as la garçonne, and made boyish haircuts a fad. What better way to show off long earrings than with short hair?


Fasut glass jewelry, glass reflects different thatn stone work, plays on her silver work, simple, Danish modernist design, not quite as rare, great because art deco era, made jewelry more accordable (running into the 30s b/c decline in weath) enamel work came out

“What we need in this busy world is less information and more truth and beauty.”

Amy Faust’s jewelry is created one piece at a time using hand-rolled sterling silver or gold to create a soft “sandy” texture. The glass used in her work is derived from many sources – beach glass found on the Northern California coastline, new and antique bottles with interesting bas-relief, and handmade stained glass. Excellent craftsmanship is integral to the simplicity and elegance of the work, resulting in the creation of clean and very wearable designs.

“I believe that in simplicity we can find enough information to fulfill us. That pertains to both the appearance and nature of objects.”

I love simplicity, color, light, subtle texture and the mysterious connection that art has to nature. As a visual person I am always looking for inspiration from both the natural and urban environments.

I love finding objects, such as beach and bottle glass with hints of writing or design or gorgeous smooth pebbles. Cutting them into specific shapes they resemble gemstones and take on a new precious quality.

My wish is that each finished piece is perfectly made, contemporary, elegant, refreshing to the eye and highly wearable.

Beautiful color, fine metalsmithing, uncomplicated,very
wearable jewelry designs that stand out from the rest
are custom made in her California studio with eco
friendly silver, gold, beach glass, vintage glass,
pottery,pebbles and gems.

Amy uses recycled silver and gold for her designs
as well as other recycled materials

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