The rise of the Edwardian era at the turn of the twentieth century brought with it many innovations and discoveries that changed the course of jewellery design and manufacture. From 1901, Cartier led the way in using platinum as a setting for precious stones and this made it possible to create intricate details, this filigree became known as platinum lace. The strength of platinum over gold allowed master jewellers to create delicate designs that had a lace-like appearance. The use of platinum enabled delicate and ornate creations to have both form and function, inspiration was taken from art, architecture, fashion and even ballet. King Edward was passionate about horse racing, and horseshoes became a popular motif in Edwardian jewellery.
It was a time of opulent extravagance in jewellery as in everything else. Platinum could safely hold stones in thinner more delicate mounts, which led to the Garland style. The garland was such a ubiquitous motif that the Edwardian era is often referred to as 'The Garland Era'. Other popular and highly feminine motifs were ribbons, stars, hearts, bows, garlands and flowers. The Garland style was adopted by all the major jewellers of the day, predominantly Cartier. Edwardian jewellery was created to complement the white silk and lace being worn by affluent and stylish ladies. For this reason, the gemstones chosen predominantly in this era were diamonds and pearls, this coupled with platinum settings created a fanciful look that was highly appealing.
At Berganza we offer an extensive array of one-off pieces that are as rare as they are outstandingly beautiful. Our collection spans across the centuries and incorporating countless stylistic influences, antique jewellery provides infinite options to those who are in search of something truly different. If you would like to own your very own piece from the Garland era visit Berganza today or browse our entire collection online.