This lovely Art Deco pin was a product of the 1940's, when the movement was at its height of popularity. Many arts were captured in jewelry, as in this pin. The rectangular and gently faceted center is surrounded by nicely sized clear crystal rhinestones. The pin face is 2 & 3/8 inches long and the center is black bakelite. It is in excellent condition.
Art Deco represented luxury and a positive expectation in social and technological progress. It featured very gently curving forms and primarily long horizontal lines. The style is often characterized by rich colors, bold geometric shapes. Art Deco was a transitional style between Art Nouveau and Modernism and was the first truly international architectural style. Art Deco was the successor to Art Nouveau, a style which flourished in Europe between 1895 and 1914. Art Deco flourished between 1920 and 1940. Of course these dates are only approximate and fine examples exist outside of these date parameters. In general the difference can be described as Art Deco is characterized by straight lines whereas Art Nouveau is characterized by curved lines. These art movements are thought to have originated in France.