Art Deco Engagement Rings

Do the engagement ring designs that you’re seeing at the jewelry counters leave you cold? If you’re looking for something out of the ordinary and you love the sleek designs of yesteryear, why not consider an Art Deco engagement ring?

What is Art Deco?
Art Deco is a design style that was born in 1920s Paris and lasted until WWII. The tenets of art deco style were applied to buildings, furniture, art, clothing and jewelry. Art Deco style’s distinguishing characteristics were geometric shapes, crystalline figures and sleek lines. Some famous architectural examples of Art Deco style are the Chrysler Building in New York City and the Fisher Building in Detroit.

Types of Art Deco Engagement Rings
Couples can opt for large elaborately designed Art Deco rings or simpler styles. They can go with a traditional diamond engagement ring, or choose emerald, sapphire or ruby rings. The ring can be crafted from yellow gold, white gold or platinum. They can go with a round solitaire, cushion cut, Asscher cut, marquise – the possibilities go on and on.

Where to Find Art Deco Engagement Rings
You can look for Art Deco era engagement rings at antique stores and antiques malls, or search for them at online antiques sites like LangAntiques.com or Tias.com. You can also look for modern engagement rings that feature classic art deco design. Another option is to approach a jeweler with photos or drawings of the Art Deco design you have in mind, and have her create it for you.

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Vera Wang Jewelry

About Vera Wang

Vera Wang was born in 1949 in New York City, the child of Shanghai natives who had emigrated from China during the 1940s. Growing up, Wang attended New York City’s prestigious Chapin School and was an accomplished figure skater, even competing in the U.S. Figure Skating Championships. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Art History at Sarah Lawrence College, and embarked on a career as a fashion editor at Vogue magazine. After leaving Vogue she worked for renowned fashion designer Ralph Lauren before embarking on her own career as a fashion designer.

Wang began her line in 1990 with a small shop in the Carlyle Hotel in New York specializing in sophisticated wedding gowns. Her innovative designs became a hit with fashion-conscious brides-to-be, and have been worn by such well-known celebrities as Mariah Carey, Uma Thurman and Victoria Beckham, to name just a few, and featured on the hit show Sex and the City. She soon expanded her collection to include women’s wear, housewares, shoes, fragrance and jewelry.

Vera Wang Fine Jewelry and Rosy Blue

In 2004 Vera Wang entered into an agreement with Rosy Blue Fine, a company specializing in diamonds and fine jewelry, to produce her line of bridal jewelry intended to complement her sought-after wedding gown designs. The line included wedding bands and diamond engagement rings. At the same time, Rosy Blue Fine and Vera Wang worked together to produce a line of luxury fashion jewelry. Prices ranged from a few hundred for a simple wedding band to a couple hundred thousand for more intricate pieces. The partnership ended in 2007 in the face of a challenging economy.

Simply Vera Vera Wang

In 2007 Vera Wang entered into an agreement with Kohl’s to license a premium lifestyle line of low priced clothing, housewares and jewelry with the Vera Wang touch. The line includes earrings, bracelets, necklaces and rings, most priced in the $20 – $40 range. Simply Vera Vera Wang jewelry is available in Kohl’s department stores or on the company’s website. Kohl’s will begin carrying Simply Vera Vera Wang bridal jewelry in 2012.

Vera Wang Fine Jewelry and Zales

In 2011 Wang made a second foray into the wedding jewelry market and entered into a partnership with Zales jewelers to create a line of engagement rings and wedding rings. The move came on the heels of a partnership with David’s Bridal Shop to produce Vera Wang bridesmaids gowns in the $200 dollar range.

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