Art Deco Carved Gemstones

The Art Deco era of jewelry design (1920-1939) had a variety of motifs and took influence from many sources. Carved gemstones, using jade, onyx, coral and a variety of other precious and semi-precious gems, were another popular feature of jewelry during the era.  Carving gemstones is an ancient tradition and a highly skilled craft.  Carved gemstones are also known as ‘engraved gemstones’ and are either cameo, with the design projecting out, or intaglios, with the design projecting inwards.

Here are some examples of Art Deco carved gemstone jewelry below.

 Carved coral and gold earrings. Probably Art Deco. Elder and Bloom. 

Carved coral and gold earrings. Probably Art Deco. Elder and Bloom. 

 Art Deco carved jade handbag clasp. Elder and Bloom. 

Art Deco carved jade handbag clasp. Elder and Bloom. 

  AN ART DECO CORAL, DIAMOND AND ONYX BROOCH   Christie’s Sale 5388

AN ART DECO CORAL, DIAMOND AND ONYX BROOCH
Christie’s Sale 5388

Sources / further reading:

http://www.langantiques.com/university/index.php/Art_Deco_Era_Jewelry

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Engraved_gem

http://www.artbabble.org/video/getty-museum/art-gem-carving

 

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