Tiffany Retro Fan Antique Earrings

By James Guthrie

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Mid Century

Mid Century Modernism arose from wide-scale and far-reaching transformations in Western society during the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

Modernism is a philosophical movement that, along with cultural trends and changes, arose from wide-scale and far-reaching transformations in Western society during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Among the factors that shaped modernism were the development of modern industrial societies and the rapid growth of cities.

Modernism or mid century design, by in large arose as the artists & designers creating in this style found art, architecture, religion, philosophy, and even the sciences, were becoming ill-fitted to everyday life.

The term modernism was adopted as the artists and designers aimed to create a new aesthetic, and break away from tradition. While breaking from previous traditions, mid century design can be very minimal and refined. The style saw jewellery created with great detail, the below example is an example of expert gem sourcing.

 

About the Author

Being a third generation member of the New Zealand jewellery industry James' has grown up around diamonds and other gemstones, and the craft of fabricating fine jewellery.

James is a Director at Guthrie's Jewellers and is the lead designer.

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