While last year’s The Great Gatsby brought Jazz Age glamour back into the mainstream, vintage styles are set to soar even higher in 2014. It’s easy to see why these trends have captured our imagination. Ornate detailing, bold design and lots of sparkle, appeals to those looking for a more unique engagement ring to express their love.
What is the difference between Art Nouveau and Art Deco? Both artistic styles rose to prominence in the early 20th century, with Nouveau appearing a couple of decades earlier. A reaction against the rapid urbanization and mass production of goods, its elements are intricate, floral and sweeping. An emphasis on handcrafted detailing and elegance can be found within Art Nouveau-inspired ring designs.
Art Deco, in contrast, was the art world embracing society’s technological advances. As such, jewelry influenced by the Jazz Age features geometric lines and bold color. Diamonds were also becoming increasingly popular during this period; either set as a combination of cuts in ornate settings, or paired with bright sapphires and emeralds.
For contemporary examples of each trend, look no further than these engagement rings worn by celebrities. Scarlett Johansson, who is engaged to French journalist Romain Dauriac, debuted this stunning vintage ring at last year’s Venice Film Festival.
A bezel-set center stone is bordered by two more round brilliant diamonds, which are then surrounded by a rectangular, ‘stepped’ setting. The strong angles form a symmetrical pattern – clearly with Art Deco influences. The effect is absolutely stunning, and very different from the her former solitaire engagement ring.
Alternatively, Ashlee Simpson and Christina Aguilera are both wearing art deco engagement rings that feel utterly unique to the wearer. Ashlee’s ring has a marquise center, with its halo designed to accentuate the distinctive cut. An ornate ‘V’ band wraps around the finger, for a luxurious and sparkling style.
Art Nouveau styles, on the other hand, seem more traditional and closer to the solitaire. John Krasinski proposed to Emily Blunt with an Edwardian-inspired ring. A three-carat diamond is set within ‘leaves’ of diamonds that fan out over the top of the band, for a design that feels organic and ornate. Similarly, Miley Cyrus wore a cushion-cut ring while engaged to Liam Hemsworth. Its intricate band cradles the center diamond, in a way that looks both antique and fresh.
Which style is your favorite: Art Deco or Art Nouveau? Are you looking for a vintage-inspired engagement ring?