Join the hunt for your very own art deco piece...
Ever since Pippa Middleton stepped out wearing her art deco engagement ring in the summer of 2016, the world has fallen head over heels for a jewellery style that was more of a specialist taste in the past. You can take a closer look at the famous ring in these close-up shots (courtesy of US magazine), and if you feel inspired, you can join the hunt for your own art deco piece.
If you’re new to the style, there are a few things that you will need to bear in mind when you begin the search. We’ve decided to help you out by sharing our four tips for finding your ideal art deco ring — read on to find out more.
Familiarise yourself with the style
Before you go looking for your perfect art deco ring, it can be very useful to familiarise yourself with the style to really get to grips with what you are looking for. When you go shopping for a ring from this period in fashion, you can expect to see something that is much different to almost everything else out there. The jewellery of the 1920s and 30s were renowned for its bold and striking style, influenced by the jazz-era. This is reflected in the bright colours and straight lines of art deco rings, so don’t go out there expecting to find something that is understated, as you probably won’t.
It’s also important to know that, while modern engagement rings favour diamonds as their rock of choice, art deco pieces can have a whole host of gemstones — such as rubies, emeralds, and sapphires — which give them much of their unique colour and charm.
Know the differences in stone cut
Where you will find the main difference between modern and genuine art deco rings is in the cut of the stone, especially with diamonds. Aged rings are more likely to have a gem cut in the old European style, while newer pieces will probably have something produced with a round brilliant cut, which is a technique favoured by contemporary jewellers.
As this article by Brilliance points out, the way older stones were presented was to draw light and the eye, giving a warm glow, while newer ones are designed to reflect as much light outwards for a maximum sparkle effect. Which effect you prefer could have an influence on your decision.
Get your ring sized correctly
A crucial part of buying any ring is getting the size right, as you don’t want to invest in a piece that is too large or small, or even uncomfortable to wear. You can go to any good jeweller who will be able to help you find the correct measurements for your finger, or you can visit a website like Find My Ring Size, which has an innovative method for getting a ring size in the comfort of your home.
If you find an art deco ring that you really love, but the fit isn’t quite right, you can get it re-sized. Should you need to have this done, it is always worth remembering that re-sizing downwards is not a problem, but expanding the band can weaken it. As this can cause issues later on, you need to weigh this fact against how much you love the ring to make a decision right for you.
Remember that it’s still possible to find a bargain
Despite the recent popularity of old art deco rings, it’s still possible to find an absolute bargain if you look in the right places. While looking at high-end jewellery stores, be sure to tour second hand shops, antique dealers, and even flea markets when you are out shopping.
There are also pre-loved jewellery specialists, such as H&T Pawnbrokers, who have a team of in-house experts that have assessed each piece in their collection, and will be able to give you detailed advice on the quality of the ring. You should also pay attention to sites like eBay and Etsy, where vintage specialists often have genuine rings for sale for less than you would pay in-store.
Follow these four top tips and you will be able to find an art deco ring that is worthy of your engagement. Just remember to be persistent and to keep an eye out for a bargain.