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The Era

Deco was replaced in the 1940s by the strictly functional and unadorned styles of Modernism. As an aesthetic style, Mid-Century modern is characterised by asymmetric designs – often inspired by buildings and industrial machinery – and oversized statement pieces. Platinum became unavailable for civilian use so jewellery makers returned to using mainly rose and yellow gold, often employing imaginative strategies to create larger-scale pieces using less metal.