Albert Einstein, the Wright brothers, the Titanic.
What do these have in common?
They were part of the Edwardian era. A time period usually said to encompass the reign of King Edward VII, though possibly all the way until the start of the First World War
It was a time of extremes in terms of politics and social stresses, though it was also highly refined and elegant.
The jewelry of the era was intricate and feminine, understated with filigree and millwork. The fashions of clothes were reflected in the additional baubles worn by the elite; lace, bows and tassels.
Drop earrings showcasing delicate metal work in the style of bows.
Rather than focus on the design of each piece of jewelry, the materials were prized. A heavy emphasis on diamonds in nearly every piece urged cutters to be bolder with their techniques, to unleash the true brilliance of the gem.
Other gems in softer colors, such as aquamarines, amethysts and sapphires were also popular. Pearls held a special place in many pieces, rivalling diamonds in some sectors of the market.
Only the finest metals and metalworking was implemented on jewelry. Flower motifs and other delicate patterns were popular, adding to the airy feeling of the pieces.
Attention to detail was prioritized in each and every piece, showcased by the handwrought metalwork. Rings with designs on the underside and sides of the piece can be found often among this era of jewelry.
An example of filigree metal work (Picture from wikipedia)
Necklaces of differing lengths emerged as a trend setting statement, ranging from the “opera” length (up to 36” inches) to collar style or chokers.
Many famous pieces of jewelry were created during this time, and Edwardian Era jewelry holds a charm to it that entices your eyes. It is simple yet intricate, and captures your attention with beauty.