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Swanky Summer Accessorizing

The Art Deco style flourished across the decades spanning the end of WWI to the end of WWII. You can find this eclectic style with its bold geometric elements that echo scenes from the Machine Age of the early 20th century in architecture, art and consumer goods. Our favorite aspect, of course, is the inspiration Art Deco gives to today’s jewelry styles.

The Art Deco style often summons up images of exuberant parties straight out of a Fitzgerald novel, but that doesn’t mean you need to wear Deco baubles strictly at Roaring Twenties parties. Instead, let the style enjoy some time in the sun this summer.

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This layered Deco style necklace is positively copacetic!

The layered look is in, so why not embrace it while letting your inner flapper girl shine? This necklace’s coppery finish combines perfectly with peach crystals, resin fans and a geometric design that’s astonishingly striking. We love that it’s so versatile, and can easily transform from edgy to boho with a simple change of costume.

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This nifty mint necklace is the cat’s pajamas!

Mint is a classic summertime color, and what’s not to love? Such a fresh pastel shade is perfect for shaking off the winter blues. This statement necklace’s exquisite fanning design and minty color scheme makes it the optimal choice for enlivening summer couture with chic Art Deco appeal.

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These ritzy dangle earrings glam up any outfit!

Whatever you do, don’t forget the earrings! The architectural Deco look of these gold-tone dangle earrings lends a touch of luxuriance to any ensemble. Need something a bit more formal for weddings or summer soirees? We have daring drop earrings to coordinate with nearly any extra fancy frock.

All in all, we’re stoked to celebrate the swanky style of modern Art Deco fashion all summer long. However, that’s not to say we aren’t also in love with the Deco jewelry of yesteryear. In fact, we’re thrilled to offer an exciting lineup of pieces that are either true Deco or heavily inspired by the movement in our vintage catalog. So whether you’re going full flapper for your next party or simply inspired to bring throwback glamour into your wardrobe, we’ve got the jewelry to make this season the Summer of Deco!

by Sarah Clark

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Gibson Girl Be Gone-The Rise of the Flapper

The American girl of the late 1800s and early 1900s. She had a massive up-do of long hair, an impossibly thin waist, and curves to write home about, but by the 1920’s she’d had her day. Women were dying to trade that classic Gibson girl garb for fresh flapper fringe that was both boyish and liberating for the female body.

Coco Chanel set the stage for the modern flapper look, and boy did people catch on quick. Women shortened their dresses, bobbed their hair, dropped their waistlines, and pitched the corsets. No more were the curving lines from the previous era, all the girls were after the straight-ironed look with loads of geometric designs and a splash of global influence.

Women weren’t throwing out all their tricks, just reinventing them. The Roaring 20s stayed true to their name with their jewelry roaring in a bigger and more brilliant way. The exciting jeweled bandeau became the newest addition to accessories, while earrings grew in size and linear forms. And don’t forget that classic draping of pearl strands.

It was an explosion of new fashion choices for women, and proved to be a time of great freedom and reinvention for the modern woman. The fascination with the art deco look of the roaring 20’s is still alive and well today in pop culture. Just take a look at the many Gatsby themed weddings or the ever popular flapper Halloween costumes of the past few years. Recently, many Hollywood and television sensations, including Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby, have immortalized those classic times. So much, that Tiffany & Co. brought back to life their vintage collection of art deco jewelry for Luhrmann’s film.

Although many people idolize that blue Tiffany’s box, the price tags are enough to shock the fringe right off your dress. If you are looking for a more cost-effective version of some art deco, Gatsby inspired gems, make sure to check out our collection at Heirloom Finds. Our wallet friendly jewelry is a great choice for accessorizing your Halloween costume or even glitzing up your holiday attire this year. Maybe even throw a Jazz Age New Year party while you’re at it!

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By Melanie Lamb

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