The Gatsby Effect: Art Deco Jewelry, Old and New

In case you missed it on the big screen earlier this summer, “The Great Gatsby” will be released on DVD and Blue Ray next month. Baz Luhrmann’s musical based on F. Scott Fitzgerald’s 1925 novel has had a tremendous effect on fashion, jewelry and home design, ever since the production was first announced some three years ago. In the film, Carey Mulligan and the other leading ladies wear breathtaking Art Deco jewels recreated by Tiffany & Co. from its 1920s archival drawings. All the buzz about Baz, Gatsby and costume designer Catherine Marshall’s splendid Art Deco collection has no doubt driven up demand for fine jewelry pieces from this period. It has also inspired some brilliant new designs reminiscent of the popular Art Deco style.

“The Art Deco era is prized by collectors everywhere because it was one of the best periods of jewelry manufacture, with exceptional craftsmanship and innovation in design,” said Rahul Kadakia, Head of Jewelry for Christie’s Americas, to the Hollywood Reporter last year. Christie’s $20 million sale of heiress Huguette Clark’s 17-piece Art Deco jewelry collection in April was the second most valuable private collection (after Elizabeth Taylor’s) to be sold in the U.S. in the last decade. A ruby, sapphire and emerald Art Deco bracelet believed to be designed by Louis Comfort Tiffany sold for $266,500, smashing its original estimate of $30,000-50,000.

Carey Mulligan as Daisy Buchanan in The Great Gatsby, wearing Tiffany & Co. Diamond Headband

Proving that everything old is new again, Tiffany & Co. debuted two fine jewelry collections this summer to commemorate its on-screen collaboration with “The Great Gatsby.” The Jazz Age Glamour and Ziegfeld pieces include ‘20s-inspired rings, bracelets, necklaces and headbands in silver with freshwater pearls and onyx. Many young and trendsetting designers have followed suit, including Ivanka Trump whose Metropolis Collection is clearly influenced by the architectural and machine-age styles of the Art Deco era.

Ivanka Trump Metropolis Collection Bracelet
Ivanka Trump Metropolis Collection Bracelet

Interested in learning more about Art Deco jewelry? If you happen to be in New York City this week, be sure to visit the New York Antique Jewelry & Watch Show (July 26-29) at the Metropolitan Pavilion. Many signed period pieces from Cartier, Tiffany & Co. and Harry Winston, among others, will be on view and available for sale.

Note: We know of at least one OBJ fan who is planning a Gatsby-themed viewing party at her home theater in August. Why not do the same and ask all your friends to dress in their best flapper finery—Art Deco jewelry a must!


55-carat Kimberley Diamond will be on display in NYC

55-carat ‘Kimberley Diamond’ on display in New York City.  Read more about the Kimberley Diamond at NationalJeweler.com

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