Platinum Tiffany wedding band, at Gray & Davis. New York-based Tiffany & Co. needs no introduction, and their reputation meant that the jeweler's designs influenced style across the globe in the 1920s and 1930s.
Art Deco jewelry design and manufacture sought to merge two schools of thought. Artisans updated the natural motifs popular in turn of the century Art Nouveau and Arts and Crafts jewelry, giving them more structure. While these previous design movements shied away from industrial assistance, Art Deco jewelers also embraced thoroughly modern production processes. We find many lovely examples of jewelry whose construction benefitted from mechanized aid.
Engagement rings and wedding bands made by die striking are perfect examples of this. Die striking is a process by which a piece of metal is pressed, or “struck,” by a machine into a mold. Pieces were then polished and hand-finished for exceptional detail.