How to Spot Authentic Art Deco Jewellery

Written by Cynthia Findlay Antiques

If you collect or admire vintage jewellery, you might be a fan of the Art Deco period. Art Deco jewellery was created in the 1920s to the middle of the 1930s and is one of the most popular styles of vintage jewellery today. But how do you spot an authentic piece from a fake? Whether you’re shopping in antique stores, estate sales, or garage sales, here are a few tips on how to recognize and snag a real Art Deco piece.

Bright and Bold

There is nothing dull about Art Deco jewellery, especially when it comes to color and size. One of the most common characteristics of Art Deco rings and other jewellery is bright hues. The Art Deco period produced bright-colored jewellery that often features bright stones such as sapphires, rubies, and emeralds. Another way to tell if a piece is of that era is its size. Many Art Deco pieces are bold and large, compared to petite and subtle pieces from other eras.


Many Art Deco jewellery pieces feature straight and geometric shapes, which means curves and soft edges are not common. Look for popular Art Deco shapes such as rectangle, emerald, and shield.

If a vintage ring is exceptionally bold, bright, and features straight geometric shapes, it just might be from the Art Deco period. If you’re still not sure, take the piece to a professional who can examine the ring in person.

Cynthia Findlay Antiques is located in Toronto, Canada and offers a wide selection of vintage and estate jewellery.