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The Georgian period 1714 - 1837

This turbulent period of history begins with the ascension of George I to the throne of England with no idea of the revolutions to come. Despite the rapid progress of history in this period, Georgian jewellery was regal and elegant. Closed settings covered the backs of stones which were mainly silver set and then ornate gold shanks and frames completed them. Sprays of foliage, starbursts, crescents, and baskets of flowers were popular, as well as  elaborate diamond encrusted wears , chandelier style earrings and enamelled jewels set with semi precious gemstones.

Each Georgian piece was entirely hand made and was certainly unique.

The Victorian period 1837 - 1901

The Victorian era began in 1837 when a young Victoria ascended the throne of England and ended over sixty years later when Queen Victoria died in 1901. The intervening era, spanning the last two thirds of the 19th century, was a time of epic romance, great tragedies and unprecedented prosperity.The jewels of the Victorian era reflected these ever changing fortunes and are often divided into three periods, the Romantic Period (1837-1860), the Grand Period (1860-1888) and the Late Victorian Period (1888-1901).

Jewels of the Early Victorian period 1837-1860

Queen Victoria herself loved the serpent motif. It was and still is a symbol of eternal love.  Jewellery designs of this period often expressed sentiment; rings, bracelets, and lockets often contained a lock of a loved one's hair.  Pictures and engraved messages personalized wears.

Jewels of the Mid Victorian period 1860-1885

This is the Grand Period. Lush, ornate, opulent and luxurious , many pieces of Etruscan jewellery became popular. The technique of granulating jewels with grains of gold, once done by the ancient Etruscans, rediscovered and popularised by Castellani, became extremely popular and revived interest in the Etruscan period.

After the death of Prince Albert in 1857 , Queen Victoria retired into private life and wore black for the remainder of her reign. It followed that jet and onyx became extremely fashionable and not just for mourning. The darker nature of the Victorians, mirrored so well in the brooding romances of the Brontë Sisters, the fantasies of Lewis Carroll, and the schizophrenia of Robert Louis Stevenson's Dr. Jekyll, emerged during this period. The rose cut blood red garnets from Bohemia fitted in with the darker side perfectly and enjoyed huge popularity in any number of incarnations. Stars , crescents , bangles and festoon necklets were hugely fashionable at this time.

Late Victorian period 1885-1901

With the discovery of a diamond mine in South Africa in 1867, diamonds become readily available and slightly less expensive . Diamonds were complimented with gemstones such as opals , moonstones, turquoise and pearls. Ivory was carved into highly romanticised botanical motifs . Chokers were worn high on the throat, composed of several rows of pearls held together with vertical bars of diamonds or other pearls, while separate ropes of pearls hung under them. Spontaneous lines, and the soft colours like lilac. yellow and pale green, led us gently towards the Art Nouveau period.

Art Nouveau 1890-1910

Art Nouveau sat side by side with the Victorian and the Edwardian periods in an uneasy coalition.The Art Nouveau style appeared in the early 1890's and was gone by the eve of the First World War. For a brief, brilliant moment, Art Nouveau was a shimmering presence . The jewellers of the Art Nouveau period were masters at creating life-like flowers , whip lash curving, and fantasy all usually crafted in enamel and gold and set with precious pearls and diamonds.

The Edwardian Period 1901-1910

Edward VII became King on the death of Queen Victoria in 1901. A new trend began, one that was to reflect the less ornate and lighter styles of the new era. One made possible by the most precious metal known to man - Platinum. Platinum could secure gemstones safely in delicate mounts, which led to the Garland style. This was characterised by festoon necklaces, bows, tassels, ribbons and swags. These were made as brooches, rings and pendants.

The Art deco period 1920-1935

Art Deco jewellery lasted from the 1920's up to the Second World War. At the Start of the 1920's a new style of jewellery emerged. It was sleek, fast, geometric, elegant and minimalistic clean cut consisting of shapes and well defined lines. Long earrings came back into fashion with the arrival of the Eton crop, a boyish hairstyle. Necklaces were extended by the addition of a tassel or pendant that dropped to almost belly button level. Baguette cut diamonds and black and white jewellery featuring onyx and diamonds were in high demand. It is easy to recognise the very characteristic styles of the 1920's ~ 30's era by the designs that are so typical of that period... A period in time that lasted for such a brief moment.

The Retro period 1935 - 1949

Jewellery during from the mid 1930's until the late 1940's became bigger and bolder than ever before. It is characterized by its chunkiness. Large gemstones, many well over 100 carats, were often used. Aquamarine, citrine, topaz, and synthetics became ever more popular. Established houses such as Boucheron, Van Cleef and Arpels, Lacloche and Cartier continued to thrive in the immediate post war years.

Following World War II, the jewellery designs became more traditional and understated. Platinum came back into use and rose gold diminished. The big, bold styles of the Retro period went out of fashion and were replaced by the more tailored styles of the 1950's and 60's.

We specialize in Jewellery from these long gone forgotten eras many of which are readily available for you to purchase. We also specialize in present day pieces including many designer pieces of prestigious importance.

Antique jewellery is our greatest passions. Each piece tells a story of a forgotten era. Here we offer many pieces from the past . You will find unique pieces from the Georgian , Victorian, Art Nouveau, Edwardian , Art Deco , Retro and up to the present day .

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