Flapper Fever: 5 decadent jewels to channel your inner siren

Flaunt the decadence of the Jazz Age in all its ornate glory. 

Clocking In
Clocking In
08 May 2015

Clocking In

Time is something the wealthy had in abundance during the Jazz Age — at least according to American author F Scott Fitzgerald. The geometric lines of this Ralph Lauren 867 timepiece are reminiscent of architectural Art Deco, while the lavish diamond-pavé bezel and bracelet make it a piece that would be right at home on the wrists of the extravagant rich in The Great Gatsby.

Champagne Gardens
Champagne Gardens
08 May 2015

Champagne Gardens

There was no such thing as simple studs when it came to earrings in the Jazz Age. This pair of diamond-and-sapphire earrings from Van Cleef & Arpels’ high-jewellery collection is a dazzling rendition of shimmering champagne fountains against the night sky.

Animal Kingdom
Animal Kingdom
08 May 2015

Animal Kingdom

The 1920s’ fondness for Art Deco was punctuated by a love of theatricality and motifs taken from nature. This diamond-pavé gold necklace from Bulgari’s Serpenti collection, for instance, wouldn’t have looked out of place among the drop-waist dresses and cloche hats.

Arm Candy
Arm Candy
08 May 2015

Arm Candy

In a time known for its decadent Prohibition-dodging parties, diamonds were practically de rigueur for the ladies. It’s easy to imagine them out with this pink gold cuff from Boucheron — whether partying with the best of the Lost Generation, or just lounging decoratively by the pool. The strong graphic lines and brown diamond-pavé are reminiscent of the Art Deco movement.

Band Camp
Band Camp
08 May 2015

Band Camp

Flappers eschewed long tresses for slick crops that have become era-defining. As a result, hair embellishments often came in the form of spectacularly bejewelled and befeathered headbands — tied with a ribbon, because c’est plus chic. This delightful diamond-and-pearl headpiece from Tiffany & Co is the perfect modern interpretation of the iconic feathered headbands of the time. 

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