AC Silver is proud to present an extensive selection of antique 1920s jewellery, featuring a range of gemstones including diamonds, ruby, emeralds and more.
The 1920s saw the end of the first world war and this liberation pushed men and women to try new trends, as can be seen with jewellery from this period. Jewellery quickly became about having fun.
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A date including “circa” reflects an approximation of 10 years to either side of the declared value; thus, an item bearing the date ‘circa 1920’ will be crafted between 1910 - 1930.
The 1920s was a decade of revolution in all aspects of fashion and culture; we’re likely all familiar with the chic flapper aesthetic of cropped hair, drop-waist dresses, and plunging necklines.
A major change in fashion during this period came through how it was interpreted – fashion became more of an artistic expression, a way to rebel and explore new avenues away from practicality. The 1920s represent, in many ways, the first time that women’s clothing was about expressing length and straight lines, emphasising a boyish look that emulated the struggle for women to be seen as men’s equals during this time.
The overwhelmingly popular preference for short, gamine hairstyles resulted in an equally popular increase in long, dangling earrings. These earrings often featured detailed filigree designs, making the most out of earrings as an accessory. Statement earrings became a focal point of fashion during this period.
The Art Deco school of design ruled the 1920s. The name ‘Art Deco’ is an abbreviation from an exposition held in Paris in 1925 demonstrating art, architecture and culture from around the world called the Exposition Nationale des Art Decoratifs. This was to become the seminal artistic movement which would define the style of the era.
Another considerable influence on the style of 1920s fashion and jewellery was the archaeological discoveries made during the era. One such discovery was the tomb of Tutankhamun, arguably the most well-known pharaoh of Ancient Egypt. This discovery, as well as that of other Ancient Egyptian relics, manifested itself in jewellery design with an abundance of yellow gold, lapis lazuli, turquoise and Egyptian motifs such as scarab beetles, the eye of Horus, lotus blossoms and pyramids.
The discovery of a large diamond mine in South Africa made diamonds more affordable and plentiful, however they were marketed in such a way that they remained a sign of wealth and prosperity. Diamonds were, however plentiful, reserved for evening and formal occasions only, as it was considered uncouth and gauge to wear diamonds during the day.
If you’re wanting to know what was the most popular earring style in the 1920s, look no further than Art Deco designs. The angular cuts of gemstones and shapes involved in Art Deco design translated seamlessly to the fashionable jewellery of the time. White on white was also a very popular element of this period; where gemstones like pearls or diamonds would be set into white metals such as platinum, palladium, and white gold. In great contrast to the popular jewellery of the late Victorian and much of the Edwardian period, these 1920s Art Deco earrings appeared cutting edge and modern due to its clean brightness.
While antique drop earrings were indeed exceptionally popular during the 1920s, antique stud earrings remained a staple feature also. Usually, these earrings would be a common shape such as a round, with a more intricate internal design that reflected the Art Deco patterns. Alternately, sometimes stud earrings were relatively plain in terms of decoration, but were shaped into a more unique aesthetic.