|Art Deco Jewellery|
(c.1908 to 1935)
Art Deco began in Europe, particularly Paris, in the early years of the 20th century, but didn't really take hold until after World War I. It reigned until the outbreak of World War II.
Jewellery from the Art Deco period took on an 'architectural' appearance, with gemstones being cut in bold geometric shapes such as the emerald cut, pentagon, trapezoid, or triangle "trillion" cut. Another characteristic of the Art Deco movement was to combine bold, contrasting tones like black and white. Diamonds and light colored gemstones were mixed with dark materials of black onyx or bakelite, for a striking appearance. Diamonds were also pavé set into bold patterns to form a contrasting white field.
This rare collection of hand crafted 925 quality Dutch / Sterling Silver Art Deco Jewellery is inspired by, and much taken from, the original design 'Masters' of 'Van Kempen and Begeer'. The hand crafted manufacturing quality of their jewellery and silverware earned them the honour of being named 'Royal Van Kempen & Begeer' supplying to the Royal Households and Aristocracy of Europe. By the late 19th century the company was at it's height of success in Europe, specialising in Victorian, and then subsequently, Art Nouveau, and Art Deco Jewellery.
In 1984 GL Nederland BV was established and was fortunate enough to acquire this honourable and proud heritage of the Dutch Silver industry together with 30,000 original and well preserved design masters, all crafted by hand, using those design masters This Proud and Honourable heritage is kept alive today in our 'Classical Jewellery Range' utilising a combination of past, present, new, but authentic hand finished, and original design and reproduction techniques.
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