Art Deco

Sought after in the highest realms, Art Deco jewellery personifies the best. Dating from circa 1920 to about 1935, the Art Deco jewellery of this period displays clean lines, geometrical forms, the use of colored gemstones, and vibrant motifs. Diamonds were used prolifically, and the metal of choice was platinum. jewellery from this era was inspired by world and cultural influences as diverse as the Ballet Russes, Mughal royal jewels and machinist aesthetics. Invention was everywhere and during this era the baguette diamonds was introduced, as well as the French cut and the Asscher cut. Old European diamonds are at their height.

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Worn by the high society in the early 1900s, Edwardian antique jewellery emanates wealth, femininity and class. King Edward the VIII, after whom the time period was named, reigned during a time where society was defined by extravagance and refinement. The use of platinum had a large impact on the success of Edwardian jewellery. Platinum helped jewellers accomplish the lace-like patterns that were and are still indicative of the era. The strength of platinum gave jewellers the ability to explore new realms in jewellery making. The detailed filigree craftsmanship put the Edwardian period in history books and is largely responsible for today’s trends in estate pieces.

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Art Nouveau

The Art Nouveau style of art and design became popular during the late 1800s and continued to influence architecture, metalwork, textiles, interior design and jewellery until 1919. It featured free-flowing, curving lines with asymmetrical natural motifs, such as human, female faces, greatly influenced by Japanese art. It used gemstones to emphasize their beauty, preferring pearls and cabochon opals and moonstones rather than faceted stones, and employed colourful enamelling. The pieces include pendants, necklaces and elaborate hair ornaments.

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This was a well-to-do era that lasted for decades, and the prosperity showed. Victorian jewellery used the full panoply of gemstones and semi-precious stones, as well as ivory, leather and other materials.Victorian mourning jewellery was a popular way to commemorate the passing of a loved one. Examples of Victorian jewellery are often conversation pieces into which a great deal of craft and care has been placed. Cameos, drop earrings, and multi-strand necklaces are just a few popular Victorian designs.

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