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MODERNIST JEWELRY OF THE 1930’S

Jewelry of the 1930’s was different from the earlier Art Deco, although there were still some geometric elements present. Yellow gold was now in favor, and the hard geometry of Art Deco became softer and more sensual. Gold was now highly polished, and often curved and fluted. Single geometric elements, such as cubes or balls were preferred to the mix of geometric elements found in much Art Deco. Citrines became very popular, as they added texture and sparkle without adding another color. Continue reading

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ART DECO JEWELRY IN COLOR

Everything you have wanted to know about Art Deco jewelry – Part 2 One of the most fascinating  aspects of  Art Deco jewelry is the diversity of stylistic elements it encompasses. While one important aspect of Art Deco jewelry is … Continue reading

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ANDRE ARBUS – MASTER OF ELEGANT DESIGN

  André Arbus was a decorator, furniture designer, architect and sculptor. Born in Toulouse, France, he went on to work in his father’s cabinet-making firm after graduating from the prestigious Ecole des Beaux Arts. While Arbus was not himself a … Continue reading

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EVERYTHING YOU HAVE ALWAYS WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT ART DECO JEWELRY PART 1 – ART DECO JEWELRY IN BLACK AND WHITE

By Audrey Friedman The early 20th century was perhaps unique in art history with regard to the number of radical stylistic changes that took place in a very short space of time.  By 1925, we had gone from the organic, … Continue reading

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SKULLS, SKELETONS AND SNAKES – A BRIEF HISTORY OF MEMENTO MORI AND MEMORIAL JEWELRY

It is a great art to die well and to be learnt by men in health…Place your coffin in your own eye: dig your own grave. -Jeremy Taylor, 1665 Death. It is an unavoidable aspect of all human life, but … Continue reading

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FRENCH JEWELRY 1950’s – 1960’s

After the end pf WW@, jewelry design underwent a revolution. Gone were the abstract curves and polished surfaces, texture of every kind was now in fashion, and naturalism a major theme. This new jewelry was refreshing and exciting. Continue reading

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WILL THE REAL “DESIGN” PLEASE STAND UP?

One of the problems with the contemporary “Design” movement is that quite a lot of the pieces are seemingly extreme just for the sake of being “different”. Many designers forget that a little originality goes a long way. Also, many … Continue reading

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TO SEE….OR NOT TO SEE – WHY YOU SHOULD BE VISITING GALLERIES

This month’s issue of Art & Auction featured an interesting editorial about the fact that fewer and fewer people seem to be visiting galleries. Is there some kind of “gallery phobia” out there?  The reason usually given is that now … Continue reading

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ON THE PHONE….OLD SCHOOL

Salvador Dali’s Telephone Earrings Salvador Dali was one of the most successful artists in translating images from his paintings into jewelry. It was during the 1940’s and 1950’s that he actually created a body of jewelry based on his singular … Continue reading

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SALVADOR DALI’S RUBY LIPS

We consider ourselves very fortunate to own one of Dali’s most iconic pieces of jewelry – the Ruby Lips With Teeth Like Pearls. Dali took this cliché, and created a fabulous and sexy brooch. The full, curving lips are paved … Continue reading

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