Designers and makers of fine jewelry know something many do not know. Which is the era most copied by contemporary jewelry designers?
Mid-century jewelry is very understated and also very much copied/mutilated by modern makers.
There is an insightful reason for this reverence. Mid-century designs are really an extension and simplification of 1920s Art Deco motifs, taking its best and reducing it to a sort of essence. If you look beyond jewelry into architecture and art in general, you can also see this desire for modern lines, purposeful form, and functional beauty. Yet this period is actually very short – post Second War and way before the excesses of the ’80s.
We got to enjoy this essence for not even 50 years. Cherish it. Study it.