I’ve always associated the term art deco with jewelry, but it can be much more than that. The style was, according to Wikipedia, our trusted source of doubtful wisdom, an eclectic artistic and design style that began in Paris in the 1920s and flourished internationally throughout the 1930s and into the World War II era.
At its best, art deco represented elegance, glamour, functionality and modernity, and the style influenced areas such as architecture, interial design, industrial design, visual arts, and our personal favorite: jewelry and fashion.
Art deco is different from its predecessor, art nouveau, in its linear symmetry, and the fact that the style included influences from many sources, such as the neoclassical, cubism and modernism styles of the early 20th century.
The style also became a profound influence on many later styles, such as Memphis and pop art. So I do thank you, Art Deco.