New Art Deco Fashion JewelryBy

New Art Deco Fashion Jewelry

Most reproductions of Art Deco jewelry under $100 used to be very easy to spot. The quality was terrible and most designs were worse than terrible. But that has changed. All the pieces shown below are $22-$26 and are much more convincing.

Although these pieces are fashion, or costume jewelry, they are all surprisingly well made. Where most reproductions in this price range have only glued settings, most of these pieces have genuine prong-set stones. That is to say the stones are held in place by bending metal prongs of the mounting over the stones. Prongs in most reproductions are simply cast imitations and the stones are glued; the cast prongs are not bent over the stones.

The faux, or imitation stones, are also relatively good quality, most made of imported colored cut glass from Austria or the Czech Republic. The enameled pieces are also reasonably well done although the enamel is not quite the hardness of quality vintage material. It looks a little tacky, but the best test for enamel is still tapping a piece against your teeth.

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Fig. 1 Crystal frog pin, green Austrian glass crystals in body and legs; red crystal eyes. 1" × 1".

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Fig. 2 New dragonfly pin. Pierced silver-tone mounting set with pink and blue faux gemstones.

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Fig. 3 New frog pin. Bronze colored mounting; faux gemstones in gold, aquamarine and amber.

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Fig. 4 New crab pin. Bronze colored mounting with purple and pink faux gemstones.

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Fig. 5 New hummingbird pin. Copper-colored mounting set with faux gemstones in purple, blue and green.

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Figs. 6-7 Enameled hair clips in the Art Deco style. Geometric decoration, Fig. 6; butterfly, Fig. 7. Each with multicolored enameled sections studded with marcasite-styled settings. Both pieces about 3½" wide by 1½" tall.