The Art Deco era produced some of the greatest innovations in jewelry design, and many of the best examples of the period will be on display at the Bijoux Art Deco et Avant-Garde at Les Arts Decoratifs in Paris from March 18 to July 12. The exhibition, featuring 300 pieces of jewelry and silverware, celebrates Art Deco jewelry design with a focus on the works of little-known jeweler and metalsmith Jean Despres, as well as famous artists such as Suzanne Belperron, Rene Boivin, Lacloche Frères and the Fouquet family.
“The Art Deco era had creative geniuses like Boivin and Belperron, who forged new concepts by using rock crystal, semiprecious stones, and strong geometric shapes,” says Russell Zelnetz, who is partner in Stephen Russell, a Madison Avenue store that specializes in period jewelry. He loaned six pieces for the exhibition, including a 1930 platinum and diamond cuff by Lacloche Frères and a 1933 platinum, rock crystal, and diamond brooch by Rene Boivin (both shown). (www.lesartsdecoratifs.fr; for information on the Stephen Russell pieces, www.stephenrussell.com)