Gin joints, champagne and lots of jazz — for the wealthy, the 1920s were all about living life and over-the-top parties.
The jewelry of the time was equally decadent: long lengths of pearls, geometric designs in platinum with diamonds and black onyx.
That era, at least stylistically, is about to make a comeback with the release of The Great Gatsby movie in May. With director Baz Luhrmann at the helm, we can expect a lush, stylized film with plenty of gorgeous colours and costumes to drool over. After all, he’s behind Moulin Rouge and the version of Romeo and Juliet, that also starred Leonardo DiCaprio, who will play the titular Gatsby in this latest movie. Check out the opulent costumes and sets in the trailer.
Also starring in the film are stunning pieces of jewelry from Tiffany & Co. The movie’s costume designer, Catherine Martin, approached the famous jewelry store, eventually leading them to create all the pieces that will be seen in the movie. Perhaps the most stunning is the Savoy headpiece, worn by the character Daisy (played by Carey Mulligan) — a diamond headband with removable brooch. That piece, like others in the collection, is actually made from an archival design of Tiffany’s.
While most of us can’t afford the price tag for that particular piece (sigh), Tiffany’s has come out with another collection, inspired by the jazz era and the story of the Great Gatsby. The pieces feature onyx, pearls and platinum evocative of the era, but have been updated to be a bit more modern and wearable. The Ziegfeld collection — named after the theatre in New York City — celebrates the post-war era when women won the right to vote and began freeing themselves from the confines of corsets, swapping those outfits for the freeing flapper dresses.
I had a chance to check out some of the pieces at the Tiffany & Co. in Chinook Centre, including these Daisy lockets ($660 and $880). Daisy, also the name of Carey Mulligan’s character in the film, was a popular motif in the ’20s, said to signify romance.