"The bar is in full swing, and floating rounds of cocktails permeate the garden outside, until the air is alive with chatter and laughter, and casual innuendo and introductions forgotten on the spot, and enthusiastic meetings between women who never knew each other's names."
- from The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
The glamour & opulence of the weekend-long parties at West Egg required some serious style sizzle. Along with displays of weath, the jewelry of the decade was strongly influenced by the rise of technology, reflected in the strong, linear quality of Art Deco. Travel was also easier, particularly to then-exotic locales like Egypt & the tomb of King Tut in all its lavish glory. And after Coco Chanel made "costume jewelry" as popular - if not more - than the real thing, women happily piled on the bling, from pendants to pearls to sparkly hair clips & headbands. Just like many fashionista brides today who want wedding jewellery with panache....rather than a Gatsbyesque price tag.
A good source for fab, flapper-ready trinkets is Jon Richard. They design & source jewelry for Betty Jackson.Black, Butterfly by Matthew Williamson, Star by Julien Macdonald, Principles by Ben de Lisi and J by Jasper Conran - and are currently featuring a snazzy 20s-inspired bridal edit of rings, earrings, necklaces, clutches and happenin' hair accouterments.
- Lesley Scott
[Note: This was written in partnership with Jon Richard. The words are mine.]