Unshrouding the Mystery of Invisibly Set Gemstones

New Colombian Emerald EnhancementIn the late 1920s, Parisian jewelers experimenting with contemporary designs and motifs ushered in what would become known as the art deco style. The shift marked an artistic response to the Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs et Industriels Modernes in Paris in 1925. The art deco form was one of angular, architectural style featuring bold, rectilinear, or simple curvilinear motifs, with outlines in elementary geometric shapes such as straight lines, zigzags, circles, squares, rectangles, and triangles.One design in particular would become the period’s icon and remain popular to this day: invisibly set jewelry. It originated from the jeweler’s desire to show only gemstones, hiding the precious metal mountings. Three jewelers claimed to have perfected the breakthrough, yet only Van Cleef & Arpels became synonymous with the style.Pre-Van
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