BY SARAH BERMAN, THE BLOCK MAGAZINE The year is 1925. Times are good, skirts are short, and Parisian aesthetes are rocking bling so extravagant it would make Lil Wayne blush. This is the heyday of Art Deco. With an ample appreciation for geometric shapes, editors Laurence Mouillefarine and Évelyne Possémé attempt to explain why so many Hollywood stars and fashionistas traded their traditional diamonds and gold for chunky onyx and platinum. The bo … Read More
Jewellery designed and created by Zina S Sparling featuring semi-precious stones.
I have always been fascinated by colours, textures, semi-precious and precious stones, gold and the history of jewellery. That fascination deeply inspires my work and constantly motivates me to create pieces that are a fusion of the ancient and the contemporary – a luxurious, feminine and very unique style of jewellery that is instantly noticed. My love for beauty and creating first began when I was a student of classical music. In fact, there is a very close thread that links music and fine jewellery. Both have an instant appeal. Semi-precious and precious stones in their half-polished form exude a visual power that is bold, sophisticated and elegant… like an oboe in an orchestra. My jewellery is a fine mix of Art Deco, ancient Rome, Egypt, light, organic and natural forms fused with intricate gold chains, quirky contemporary magnetic clasps, unusual compositions.
Every creation of mine is made with love and enthusiasm. I wear it all the time – I love it and cherish it. I am sure you will love it too.
Organic shaped, bold in design and inspired by pivotal historical eras these rings will certainly attract attention. Finest 24ct gold plated hammered rings with pure 14ct rolled gold details featuring semi-precious and precious stones. Expandable base.
Please note that each piece of jewellery is individually hand made and the stones may slightly differ in shape.
Bold and statement making. Inspired by Schiaparelli, Art Deco, Roman decadence…The stones catch and reflect the light beautifully… like a dance.Some stones may slightly differ in colour and shape due to their organic nature.
Please note that all the pieces are individually hand made. Some stones may differ very slightly from the ones in the photo.
This is due to the organic and unspoiled texture of the stones. No stone is repeated – they are all slightly different…like us.
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From circa 1830 the neo-styles followed each other:
- Neo-gothic with artists like Froment-Meurice
- Neo-Etruscan with artists like Castellani and Guiliano
- Neo-Moor (inspired by the algerian war in 1840, which reached its zenith at the end of the war in 1860)
- Neo-Assyrian (caused by the publication of Sir Henry Layards ‘Nineveh and its remains’ and the world exhibition in London in 1851 where the fruits of many national industries were on show)
- Neo-Egyptian (associated with the opening of the suez canal in 1869)
- Neo-Indian (inspired by the crowning of Queen Victoria to Empress of India)
There was another revival of the Neo-Egyptian in 1922 that coincides with the discovery of the tomb of King Tutankhamon. This revival was actually defined more in the Art-Deco style.
In a word the 19th Century was not very exiting from a design point of view. Towards the end of the century this became worse and even less defined with a variety styles mixed up all together. This was called eclectisism and for a long time was belittled. Lately however some people have started considering these as collectors items.
One Absolutely Beautiful Ladies Diamond & Peridot Engagement Ring ! This Stunning Art Deco style Ring, circa 1930, contains one spectacular Emerald-Cut Genuine Green Peridot with a weight of 5.50 Carats, measuring an impressive 12 x 9.7mm. Strong Intense Shades of Bright Green, that exhibit Great Brilliance and Wonderful Sparkle. Elegant row contains 14 old mine brilliant cut diamonds totaling 1.40 Carats. The Platinum Mounting is Solid, Heavy, extremely Well Made and comfortable to wear. The overall condition is excellent. Ring weight is 8.7 Grams! The top of ring measures 18 x 16mm. Ring size Continental: 54 & 17¼ , Size US: 6¾ , Size UK: N. Free resizing.
If you love Peridot, you’ll love this ring !
… une bague de bon goût …
The Art Deco style is a very famous and popular art movement that had a lot influence in the world of jewelry. Art Deco was introduced in the 1920s as protest against the Art Nouveau style. Art Deco ended in the 1930s. The style emphasized a very abstract design with geometric patterns and as most favorite colors: black (onyx), blue (sapphire), green (emerald), white (diamond) and red (coral). The baguette and emerald-cuts, which had been developed in the nineteenth century, where very popular in the 1920s because they blended so much with the geometrical lines of the Art Deco style.
Most of the Art Deco jewelry has a very luxury design. This is because of the large amount of money that was made in the war of 1914. All this money gave the opportunity to buy the best fashionable materials like: diamonds, platinum, red gold and yellow gold for the design of the jewels. Of course there are a lot of beautiful but less priced jewels in the Art Deco movement. Years later in the 1960s and 1970s Art Deco came back as a very popular decorative art. Even nowadays you can see that Art Deco style has great influence on our designing in all kind of branches.
History of Art Deco
After the Universal Exposition of 1900, various French artists formed a formal collective known as, La Société des artistes décorateurs (the society of the decorator artists). Founders included Hector Guimard, Eugène Grasset, Raoul Lachenal, Paul Follot, Maurice Dufrene, and Emile Decour. These artists heavily influenced the principles of Art Deco as a whole. This society’s purpose was to demonstrate French decorative art’s leading position and evolution internationally. They organized the 1925 Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs et Industriels Modernes (International Exposition of Modern Industrial and Decorative Art), which would feature French art and business interests. Russian artist Vadim Meller was awarded a gold medal for his scenic design there.
The initial movement was called Style Moderne. The term Art Deco was derived from the Exposition of 1925, though it was not until the late 1960s that this term was coined by art historian Bevis Hillier, and popularized by his 1968 book Art Deco of the 20s and 30s. In the summer of 1969, Hillier conceived organizing an exhibition called Art Deco at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, which took place from July to September 1971. After this event, interest in Art Deco peaked with the publication of Hillier’s 1971 book The World of Art Deco, a record of the exhibition.
This magnificent ring showcases the fine art of European jeweler work. A flower of sparkling precious stones rests on a platinum band with elegant and simple lines. This jewel would be a fantastic cocktail ring or engagement ring, very special ! Although recently made, Circa 1980s, the artist making this ring was clearly inspired by the Art Deco style.
• Diamonds: One modern brilliant cut diamond .67 Carats (color approx. J/K, clarity approx. si) and 34 modern brilliant cut diamonds .70 Carats.
• Total diamond weight: 1.40 Carats.
• Sapphires : 12 calibrated square cut sapphires
• Emeralds : six pear shaped cabochon cut emeralds
• Hallmarks: 950 indicating a platinum alloy of 95%
The condition of this ring is excellent : no trace of wear, looks hardly worn. Delivered with its authenticity certificate. The ring weighs 6.20 Grams and the finger US size is 7¼ (It is our pleasure to resize the ring for you at our expense).
… je te donne cette fleur précieuse …