Edwardian (1901 – 1915)

The Edwardian Period occurred during of King Edward VII of England reign, from 1901 to 1915, running concurrently with the Art Nouveau. In France, this period was named La Belle Époque (or “the beautiful epoch” or era).

This era was known for the inception of using platinum in jewellery and the extensive use of diamonds and pearls. Platinum, while it had been discovered nearly a century earlier, before the Edwardian period, its use in jewellery was non-existent. However, now that jewellers were using platinum, they were able to create very intricate and elegant jewellery designs, for example, filigree motifs resembling lace. In turn, this created a new branch of jewellery where designs became much lighter and more delicate. Tiaras, garlands, bows, and choker length necklaces called dog collars were designs commonly seen in the Edwardian era jewellery.

Infamous for its magnificent artistry comprised of an elegant and delicate style and beautiful intricate designs, Edwardian jewellery was also influenced by Rococo style. During this period the “white-on-white” look became increasingly popular and to keep up with current fashion trends, jewellery designers took upon the ‘white on white’ look by making platinum and diamond/pearl jewellery.