Antique Jewellery Era's


Victorian Jewellery - 1837 to 1901

Victorian jewellery was of a more romantic nature, designs were often influenced by sentimental and delicate motifs such as hearts, bows, flowers and birds. The most popular gems of this period were Opal, Seed Pearl, Amethyst, Turquoise and Garnet Jewellery miniatures and cameos, often in the form of snakes were also very popular. The discovery of Diamonds in South Africa in 1867 increased the accessibility and affordability of Diamonds creating a wider demand for diamond set jewellery. After the death of Queen Victoria's husband Albert in 1861, the nation went into mourning, increasing the demand for jewellery with Black Enamel, Jet and Onyx for the latter part of the century

Edwardian Jewellery - 1901-1910

Edwardian jewellery tends to be less ornate than Victorian, using more classic lines and simple designs which are still fashionable today. Many of the classic designs appear quite modern in their simplicity. Many of the antique pieces are marked 15ct or .625. This gold standard was introduced in 1854 along with 12ct. In 1932 15ct and 12ct were discontinued and 14ct was introduced. Diamonds and Pearls were the most popular gems during this period. The most desired pieces were the Negligee pendant, Brooches in motifs such as Stars, Circles and Crescents and Bar brooches with filigree designs.

Art Deco Jewellery - 1920 – 1939

During the art deco period jewellery became more simple, geometrical and of a more linear design with the addition of vivid contrasting colours. Society's emphasis on freedom of expression gave way to new and creative combinations such as Coral & Diamond, Turquoise & Sapphire and Ruby set with Rock Crystal. Black Enamel was also often used to adding a bolder contrast. The geometric & cubic phenomenon introduced us to new diamond shapes such as the Emerald, Baguette, Trilliant and Calibre Cuts, strong influences in the symmetrical designs. The most desired pieces during this era were long dangling earrings, diamond watches, dress clips, flexible bracelets and long strands of pearls.

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