History of Jewelry - The Art Deco Period

This one of my favorite time periods of jewelry! The Art Deco period of jewelry was born in the mid-1920s and continued through the 1930s. It all started with the World’s Fair event held in Paris called the Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs et Industriels Modernes. These pieces were similar to those of the Egyptian period that radiated solid structures, geometric shapes, perfect symmetry and repeating patterns. The use of colored gemstones mixed with diamonds was very popular too. Cartier and Van Cleef & Arples were some of the key leaders in making beautiful signed pieces and keeping this period alive.

Here are some of my favorite Art Deco pieces from some great second hand resalers + a sapphire piece of my own! Photos provided by Lang Antiques & 1st Dibs

JYB Jewels; Lang Antiques Art Deco Piece
JYB Jewels; Lang Antiques Art Deco Piece
JYB Jewels; Lang Antiques Art Deco Piece
JYB Jewels; 1st Dibs Art Deco Piece
JYB Jewels; 1st Dibs Art Deco Piece
JYB Jewels; Art Deco Piece

Can you tell I'm a little crazy for sapphires? Do you have a beautiful Art Deco piece to share of your own or a favorite? Feel free to share in the comments section below!

XO.XO. Stay Sassy & Sparkly.

Something Old to Something New

Do you have some old pieces you no longer wear because they are dated or are not your style anymore? What about a piece that was passed down that you would never see yourself wearing? I believe it is important to wear and cherish each piece of jewelry. The simple solution to get the most wear out of your jewelry is to have pieces that you actually want to wear. The recycling process of jewelry is one of the most cost effective ways to get a new meaningful piece, and have fun in the design process. What exactly is the recycling process? It is taking a piece(s) of jewelry that you no longer wear or ever wore, and designing a brand new piece or two or more!

For example, this 3 carat diamond eternity band was too big and bulky. It was not getting much wear because it was uncomfortable and really did not look right. The shared prong setting was solid, but that did help the piece get worn more.

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The solution was to recast by refining the metal designing something classic that would have a lower profile and a touch of millgrain of course :) We kept the gallery open to let in light and allow the stones to sparkle more. The new octagon eternity band was born with a few stones to spare for a future project. 

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JYB Jewels
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JYB Jewels

Do you have a piece that you wish to recycle? Turn a ring into a pair of earrings or turn your pendant into a bracelet! The possibilities with jewelry recycling are endless. Feel free to drop JYB Jewels a note on our contact form to help you design the perfect new (old) piece!

XO.XO. Stay Sassy & Sparkly.