Red Agate Ring
Art Deco 14 carat gold ring featuring an oval cut red agate.
After the Universal Exposition of 1900, various French artists formed a formal collective known as, La Société des artistes décorateurs (the society of the decorator artists). These artists heavily influenced the principles of Art Deco as a whole.
The society's purpose was to demonstrate French decorative art's leading position and evolution, internationally. They organized the 1925 International Exposition of Modern Industrial and Decorative Art.
The initial movement was called Style Moderne. The term Art Deco was derived from the Exposition of 1925, though it was not until the late 1960s that this term was coined by art historian Bevis Hillier, and popularized by his 1968 book Art Deco of the 20s and 30s. In the summer of 1969, Hillier conceived organizing an exhibition called Art Deco at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, which took place from July to September 1971. After this event, interest in Art Deco peaked with the publication of Hillier's 1971 book The World of Art Deco, a record of the exhibition.