Just in case you live under an entertainment rock, The Great Gatsby premieres today, starring Leonardo Dicaprio, Tobey Mcguire, and Carey Mulligan. Based on its literary namesake, the Great Gatsby written by F. Scott Fitzgerald was published in 1927 and takes place in 1922 during the Roaring Twenties:
A term sometimes used to refer to the 1920s, characterizing the decade’s distinctive cultural edge in New York City, Chicago, Paris, Berlin,London, and many other major cities during a period of sustained economic prosperity. French speakers called it the “années folles” (“Crazy Years”), emphasizing the era’s social, artistic, and cultural dynamism. “Normalcy” returned to politics in the wake of hyper-emotional patriotism during World War I, jazz music blossomed, the flapper redefined modern womanhood, and Art Deco peaked. Economically, the era saw the large-scale diffusion and use of automobiles, telephones, motion pictures, and electricity, unprecedented industrial growth, accelerated consumer demand and aspirations, and significant changes in lifestyle and culture. The media focused on celebrities, especially sports heroes and movie stars, as cities rooted for their home team and filled the new palatial cinemas and gigantic stadiums. In most major countries women were given the right to vote for the first time. Finally the Wall Street Crash of 1929 ended the era, as the Great Depression set in worldwide, bringing years of worldwide gloom and hardship.
Up until the last sentence, that sounds like one hell of an amazing time!!! All I can see in my head is tons of opulence, drop dead gorgeous flapper millinery, guys looking all swanky in their linen suits with shiny wing tip shoes, HOLY Mary Mother of God beads dripping in the form of amazing trimmed dresses and jewels, tons of sparkly jewelry adorning women everywhere. All the while glorious jazz music is playing in the background and everyone is having the time of their lives in my Utopian 1920’s dream.
It’s also the same decade that gave birth to costume jewelry. Coco Chanel and Miriam Haskell were both independently paving the way for a whole new art form to shake things up in the jewelry world. I’ll tell you one thing, Art Deco jewelry is about to go bonkers and it will be everywhere by the Fall. Layered long pearl necklaces, fabulous headpieces, and glitzy chandelier earrings are all going to be trending in great Gatsby fashion.
The first jewelry collection to hit the pike is the one and only, Tiffany & Co., the Grand Dame, Fairest of Them All, and epitome of Luxurious Sparkle Jewel Fabulous.
A Million bucks wouldn’t even get you too far in this Diamond Studded Tiffany Glitz Fest as you’ll soon see!!!!
Savoy Headpiece with Detachable Brooch from The Great Gatsby Collection, Tiffany & Co.
Diamond and Pearl Brooch from the Savoy Headpiece, The Great Gatsby Collection, Tiffany & Co.
Tiffany designers crafted a magnificent headpiece in platinum for The Great Gatsby, bringing Daisy Buchanan to life. Features a detachable brooch. Inspired by Baz Luhrmann’s film in collaboration with Catherine Martin. Freshwater cultured pearls, 3.6-6.9 mm. Round brilliant diamonds, carat total weight 25.04. $200,000
The Great Gatsby Collection Yellow Diamond Daisy Brooch, Tiffany & Co
This daisy brooch of platinum-set diamonds springs joyously to life. At its center, Tiffany Yellow Diamonds radiate a clear, constant light. Inspired by Baz Luhrmann’s film in collaboration with Catherine Martin. Yellow diamonds, carat total weight .19; white diamonds, carat total weight 5.78. $50,000
Diamond Corsage Necklace by Tiffany & Co.
A rhapsody of stylized blossoms arrays the neckline with platinum-set diamonds. Round brilliant diamonds, carat total weight 49.83; baguette diamonds, carat total weight 23.38. $485,000
Diamond and Pearl Bracelet by Tiffany & Co.
Evoking timeless elegance and romance, lustrous seed pearls and sparkling diamonds form a beautifully intricate design reminiscent of chinoiserie. Bracelet in platinum with five large round brilliant diamonds, seed pearls and small round brilliant diamonds. Inspired by Baz Luhrmann’s film in collaboration with Catherine Martin. 7″ long. Carat total weight 20.08. $190,000
Diamond Flower Ring, The Great Gatsby Collection by Tiffany & Co.
Splendid petals showcase platinum-set diamonds as a stunning 5.25-carat diamond sparkles at the center of this nature-inspired ring. Inspired by Baz Luhrmann’s film in collaboration with Catherine Martin. Round brilliant diamond (center), color grade E, clarity grade VS1; round brilliant diamonds, carat total weight 3.25. $825,000
Daisy Hand Ornament, Tiffany & Co., Great Gatsby Jewelry Collection
This lavish hand ornament moves gracefully with every gesture. An archival daisy motif of diamonds in platinum accented with pearls beautifully reimagines Jazz Age fashion. Inspired by Baz Luhrmann’s film in collaboration with Catherine Martin. Freshwater cultured pearls, 2-7 mm. Round brilliant diamonds, carat total weight 8.98. 75,000
Deco Fan Bangle in platinum and black lacquer with diamonds by Tiffany & Co.
More than 1,200 round brilliant diamonds in platinum create an Art Deco-style pattern of fans against a background of black lacquer. Carat total weight 12.97. $140,000
Sapphire Ring by Tiffany & Co., Great Gatsby Collection
Set in an Art Deco-style ring of diamonds in platinum, these velvety blue gemstones turn the twilight hour into a celebration of chic. Inspired by Baz Luhrmann’s film in collaboration with Catherine Martin. Round sapphire, carat weight 3.65; custom-cut sapphires, carat total weight 2.09; round brilliant diamonds, carat total weight .97.
Go check it out for yourself as there are many more pieces to Tiffany’s Jazz Age Glamour besides just the Gatsby Collection including some lower priced jeweled baubles! The movie also boasts a kick ass-tacular soundtrack as well so I’ve heard:)
Tomorrow, I’ll be doing a Haute List post on Vintage Costume Jewelry Cocktail Rings so feel free to come back whenever your in need of gorgeous vintage sparkle!