REVIEW: Art Deco Jewelry by Laurence Mouille­farine and Évelyne Possémé


The year is 1925. Times are good, skirts are short, and Parisian aesthetes are rocking bling so extravagant it would make Lil Wayne blush.

This is the heyday of Art Deco. With an ample appreciation for geometric shapes, editors Laurence Mouillefarine and Évelyne Possémé attempt to explain why so many Hollywood stars and fashionistas traded their traditional diamonds and gold for chunky onyx and platinum. The book also offers insights as to why the movement’s excesses eventually spelled doom for jewelry hucksters when the twenties suddenly stopped roaring.

Jean Dunand, Suzanne Belperron and Jean Fouquet are among the prolific designers profiled. Are there more captivating reads out there? Totally. But the sheer amount of arty vintage baubles bound within its 255 pages is enough to warrant coffee table reading.