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Influenced by science, exploration and world affairs, the design and materials used in fine jewellery are a fascinating reflection of history, as much as a testament to the skill of the craftsmen who created it.
Georgian 1714 - 1837
Jewellery from this turbulent period, which included the French and American revolutions as well as the invention of the steam engine, is typified by clusters of precious stones, closed back settings in silver and gold, and parures - sets of matching pieces.
Victorian 1837 - 1901
This period begins with romantic Early Victorian engraved lockets and brooches, continues with mid Victorian 'mourning' jewellery following the death of Prince Albert and closes with late Victorian sapphires, amethysts and peridots set into star or crescent forms and symbolic designs.
Belle Époque / Edwardian 1895 - 1914
Belle Époque, or the 'beautiful era', delights in filigree and invisible settings worked in the new metal of choice platinum, with diamonds as the stone of choice. Edwardian, a subset of this style, refers to designs made during the reign of King Edward VII (1901 to 1910), who brought a fresh new sense of fun to design.
Art Nouveau 1890 - 1910
Designs influenced by nature and free-flowing forms typify Art Nouveau jewellery. Enamel becomes widely used. Renée Lalique creates some of the most recognised jewellery of the time.
Textured gold makes a comeback with Florentine, twisted and braided finishes enjoying a return to popularity. Turquoise and coral are popular and cultured pearls start to be worn during the day.