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Collection: Edwardian Jewelry

As Queen Victoria was withdrawing from the social circles, Princess Alexandra - later wife of King Edward, started to influence the court fashion well before her formal coronation in 1902.

She favored high tight chokers, so-called ‘esclavage’ necklaces, heavy pearl garlands and neo-classical revival jewels. For the day dresses the heavier necklaces and chains carrying a sentimental locket or a pendant were preferred along with the long ‘satoir’ chains. Her evening and formal dresses often had semi-open bodices and accommodated for shorter ornate chokers, which were often made of pearls and diamonds. An abundance of various precious pearl and diamond brooches was often seen complimenting her deliberate 'neckmess' and cascading down a tight corsage.

Many Edwardian era jewels were designed to highlight the beauty of a single key element, such as a large gemstone or a pearl. Rings were sparkly and ornate, often featuring one large stone encircled by smaller ones. This style makes Edwardian era rings remain an especially popular choice for alternative engagement rings and vintage wedding rings today.

Edwardian jewelers often borrowed their fluid lines but made designs distinct by featuring traditional motifs rooted in the eighteenth century. Bows, garlands, ribbons, and lace were featured for a more sophisticated look. Jewelry frequently resembled petit point embroidery giving, for example, the illusion of diamond encrusted lace. Diamonds and pearls set in platinum or white gold were a defining look known as white-on-white. 

Platinum, a metal much firmer and stronger than gold, was commonly used. Advances in its fabrication enabled new, intricate designs techniques. Millegrain, an elegant border of small balls or ridges, and lace-like filigree, were new fashionable jewelry patterns which were often used. 

Long shimmering earrings were in demand because they complimented women’s fashion at the time. All the distinctly Edwardian elements were featured including intricate metalwork, diamonds and pearls, and delicate details. Crafted to move and sway, these earrings remain an iconic element of the period. Such earrings are extremely popular nowadays as well. Antique jewelry enthusiasts all over the world wear them daily to add a fine accent to their looks. Due to lean and classy designs of the early 1900’s gold earrings they look very adequate and en-vogue even today.

The period between 1880 and 1914 was considered to be a Renaissance of the European elite. Flourishing economies and industrialization allowed for a plentiful lifestyle and significant wealth to be spent on opulent jewels. Edwardian style was all about luxury and jewelry was an essential element of it. Feminie yet chic, these pieces are sophisticated and classic. The absence of color in popular “white” pieces and exquisite platinum lace dominated the scene and highlighted the craftsmanship of Edwardian era goldsmiths. 

Edwardian Jewelry