Rose gold Retro-Modern jewelry from the late 1940’s and early 1950’s reflects the strong post-war Dior era of formal cocktail dresses and cocktail jewelry. The delicately enameled Art Nouveau pin from the Newark School, circa 1920, was made by a skilled artisan, newly emigrated from Europe, creating a treasured heirloom for a new middle-class New York family.
Art Deco diamond bracelets remind us of the geometric design inspiration that brought us everything from the Chrysler Building to the SS Normandie to Fred Astaire’s movie sets.
In more recent decades, the 1950’s, 60’s and 70’s are replete with animal motifs, bracelets and pins representing a precious zoological encyclopedia of every species in gold, enamel and gemstones.
During the same period, Modernism flourishes, reminding us that architectural and design principles can infiltrate even this most decorative of decorative arts. Diamond and gemstone jewels speak to us of love and history, of hopes, dreams, glamour and promises, embedded in each jewel and yet transcended by it.
At Aaron Faber, we review thousands of pieces of jewelry from estates, private individuals, auctions and dealers to find those that best represent their design period and then we share these finds—and the story behind them—with you.