About 100 years ago, between WOI and WOII, a jewelry designer becomes fed up with the ruling jewelry traditions. The Art Nouveau Time is full of garlands, curls, and expensive jewelry. And this young jewelry designer, René Lalique from France wants to create a more functional piece of jewelry with geometrical shapes. The Art Deco Period is born. Meet the most popular jewelry designer of Art Deco.
What is Art Deco?
Art Deco is a popular style from 1920 until 1939 (Interbellum). This art style is not only used for art, like jewelry or paintings. It has a big influence on architecture, interior design and clothing too. You recognize this Art Deco style by the colors and motives: like zigzags, styled elements, flowers and natural elements. This style uses a lot of colors.
There is a style that looks like Art Deco and that one is called Art Nouveau or Jugendstil. They look a bit the same but the Art Nouveau style uses more wavy lines and asymmetric elements.
Jewelry designer René Lalique is different?
Although in 1890 the jewelry designer René Lalique is one of the most important jewelry artists of that period (Art Nouveau) he stops making that style of jewelry. His new inspiration sources are flora, animal life, and female features. His designs are based on peacocks, dragonflies, flowers, and snakes.
And he uses different materials. No expensive materials and precious stones anymore, but semi-precious stones, glass, leather, and enamel. He chooses his material because of its color, shape, and luster. The design comes first and the preciousness is not important.
He is not only a jewelry designer. But also a designer of glass, like church windows and the windows of the Orient-Express. Or perfume bottles. He makes them in a kind of mass production. The ‘normal’ people can afford his designs.
The clients of the jewelry designer René Lalique
You can expect that the rich and famous of this planet stick to their diamonds and gold jewelry. But they love the jewelry of this jewelry designer. Although the material is not that expensive, his signature on the jewelry is. His jewelry is very expensive when you want to buy it at an auction at Christie’s or Sotheby’s.
Even the Dutch Queen Juliana asked the jewelry designer Lalique to design lamps for their palace. And she has to wait for about two years. He has no time to accomplish the lamps immediately, not even for a Dutch queen.
What do you think of this jewelry designer?
I met the art of the jewelry designer René Lalique for the first time in the Lalique Museum in Doesburg/The Netherlands. For months I looked forward to going and see all the beauties for myself. I appreciate the way this jewelry designer makes the pieces of jewelry affordable for the large public. I love his style and simplicity. But I was a bit disappointed about the finishing touch of the jewelry, not that fine as you get with gold and silver. Not as brilliant as precious stones. What do you think?
If you love jewelry from a famous or less famous jewelry designer, and gemstones you want to wear them as often as you can and like. But it is not always easy to find a good match between a gemstone and your outfit. Do you know for instance the color of a certain gemstone, and do you know that that same gemstone can occur in more colors? FlorenceJewelshop made a gemstone color chart, where you can find all the colors of the well-known gemstones so that matching with your outfit is just a piece of cake. The good thing is that this gemstone color chart is free of charge. Just let me know where I can send it to.
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