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Edwardian Jewelry Time Period


  • As one of the shortest time period of jewelry making Art Nouveau jewelry also spans the Victorian and Edwardian eras.
  • Our collection spans seven time periods, each distinct in style and construction with history and romance as the driving factors.
  • Not sure if that ring you have is Art Nouveau- or Art Deco-inspired?
  • Many of the designers from this time period overlap with the Art Deco, and many can be considered influenced by both era and movement.
  • Today’s most popular designers still borrow from this time period as it featured pretty, delicate settings made with diamonds, pearls, and platinum.
  • Unlike Art Nouveau jewelry, which in part was a backlash to the Industrial Revolution, Edwardian jewelry drew inspiration from King Edward VII and his admirers, who wanted todistinguish themselves visually from those belonging to lower social classes.
  • Unlike the dark colored jewelry of the Victorian times, the Edwardian men and women preferred to wear white jewelry made of platinum, white gold alloys and also diamonds.
  • Many items from this time period feature soft, flowing designs along with new materials such as shell, copper, horn, etc. Some of the more commonly used precious stones are amethyst, opal, amber, citrine, and freshwater pearls.
  • The most popular and collectible jewelry "periods" of jewelry today include the "Victorian" period (1830s to 1900), La Belle Epoque (from 1870s till approx 1915), Art Nouveau (approx 1895-1915), Edwardian (approx 1900-1915), Art Deco (1915-into the 1930s), and Retro (1940s-early 1950s).
  • Each era has its own unique design, or unique personality from the monarchy who ruled, or the design and spirit of that specific time period.

























The Edwardian Period and World War i


  • The Edwardian era or Edwardian period of British history covers the brief reign of King Edward VII, 1901 to 1910, and is sometimes extended in both directions to capture long-term trends from the 1890s to the First World War.
  • By 1914, women's clothing had lost the rigid, tailored lines of the Edwardian period, and the styles of fashion's first great design genius, Paul Poiret, obliterated the need for tight-fitting corsets.
  • The before being the Victorian period and the after, World War I and all that came crashing after that.
  • Everlasting Moments covers decades of Maria's life, capturing not only her character but the character of the times in which she lived--an era of social unrest, world war, and personal upheaval.
  • To point to a singularity in time when daily life for women shifted would be illogical but the Edwardian period for women was a significant change in role and attitude.
  • The term Edwardian may be taken to mean the period which encompasses the mid 1890s to the outbreak of World War 1 in 1914.
  • There would be a change of name for the monarchy and a break with their German past but the world is beginning to creak and the political and economic environment that created conditions for world war just four years after the death of King Edward would create the fractures and fissures that would, for generations, lead us to the present day and the complicated and fractious situation in the Middle East.
  • The Edwardian era or Edwardian period of British history covers the short reign of King Edward VII, 1901 to 1910.






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