Embracing the spirit of invention and innovation, Art Deco style personifies the 1920s. Through clean lines, geometric shapes and vibrant gemstones, these pieces achieve an eye-catching chic that never goes unnoticed. A testament to the longevity of mindful design, Art Deco pieces look as marvelously modern today as they did nearly 100 years ago. Black onyx--as in this Deco Platinum Diamond & Onyx Brooch--makes a big statement through its inpenetrable allure. And modern-day Jay Gatsbys aren't left out of the dapper action; effortless options abound for today's fashionable gentlemen, from classic cuff links, like these Gold Trimmed Onyx Rectangular Cuff Links, to tony timepieces.
While mixing drinks with reckless abandon may get you into 1920s era trouble, the liberal mixing of metals is not only acceptable but emblematic of the era. Bold, brilliant platinum was preferred by many during this time period, but other precious metals like gold and silver also made a shimmering showing. These can be worn alone for a streamlined look, or together for maximum drama. Don't be afraid to lay(er) it on thick with rope chains and bangles in whatever metals strike your fancy; remember: anything glitzy goes!
The 1920s wouldn't have shone nearly as bright without its diamonds. And we're not talking about a discreet flash of sparkle here and there. Rather, words like "dripping" and "drenched" come to mind when considering the beautiful baubles of the time. From unexpected colors to European cuts to intricate mounts, 1920s fashionistas knew how to bring on the bling thanks to diamond-bedecked necklaces, bracelets, earrings, brooches and bracelets all making nice with a girl's best friend. To achieve a high-wattage look of your own, check out this Deco Style Diamond Bracelet and the Deco Style Diamond and Sapphire Necklace.
Perhaps what makes this era so uniquely endearing despite it's in-your-face extravagance, is the underlying sweetness beneath the signature sass. Thanks to touches like floral filigrees, as with these Diamond & Black Onyx Drop Earrings, and dainty designs, like this Deco Rose Gold Diamond and Ruby Watch, these pieces hint at a femininity that belies their fierce flare. Pearls, with all their unblemished luster, were another way luxe ladies showed off their softer sides when raging was de rigueur. While the pieces of this period are all about empowerment of the fairer sex, they also acknowledge a woman's unique charms.
While you may not be Hamptons-bound this summer, there's no reason you can't look like you've just returned from a West Egg weekend of debauchery circa 1922, by incorporating swoon-worthy 1920s era pieces into your fine jewelry collection. Would be Daisy Buchanans, Myrtle Wilsons and Jordan Bakers can be the duck's quack all year long by stealing a page from the history book of the glamorous Gatsby.