Nearly 100 years after its inception, Art Deco is having a moment.
Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby was a feast for the eyes due to a costume collaboration with legendary designer Miuccia Prada. Search “art deco jewelry” on Etsy and you’ll return nearly 40,000 results.
Madrid-based jewelry designer Olivia Terrell came about her Art Deco collection by going right back to the roots of the movement. Her inspiration for the line began by viewing a museum collection of Cartier’s Art Deco pieces. “I’m kind of obsessed with his vintage stuff, the old compacts and cigarette cases,” she says. “It’s small and gold and pretty and shiny! I just fell in love with it.”
The Nashville-born designer has been working in Europe for a year and a half, and having access to “a plethora of museums” and inspiring architecture has also gotten her creative wheels turning. “Living here, I’m just scratching the surface of what this culture is, and what this place is,” she says. “I feel like my work turned more architectural.”
The Arco and Flecha cuffs are particularly architecture-inspired set. The names mean “bow” and “arrow” in Spanish, and were inspired by a Moorish cathedral-slash-mosque in Córdoba. “Pretty much all of Moorish architecture has arched doorways and interesting details everywhere,” she adds.
One of her favorite pieces is the Doblado (“folded” in Spanish) choker, a carefully constructed geometric necklace. “I really was interested in facets and gemstones. I think that’s just part of being a jeweler and being a nerd like that,” Terrell says. “You can make gemstones out of paper, almost like origami, and I started playing with that and I wondered if I could do the same thing with metal.”
Shop her collection here, and click through the gallery above for more ‘20s awesomeness.
We’ve teamed up with Olivia for a giveaway. To enter, follow @Paste_Design on Twitter and retweet this tweet by 3 pm EST on Tuesday, October 7 (you must have a U.S. address to enter). We’ll announce the winner Tuesday afternoon!