Edwardian Jewelry: The Epitome of Elegance and Sophistication
If you are looking for jewelry that exudes grace, refinement and charm, look no further than Edwardian jewelry. This style of jewelry was popular during the reign of King Edward VII of Great Britain (1901-1910), also known as the Belle Époque or the Beautiful Era. Edwardian jewelry reflects the tastes and lifestyles of the wealthy elite who enjoyed lavish parties, grand balls and extravagant travels.
The Characteristics of Edwardian Jewelry
Edwardian jewelry is characterized by its use of platinum, diamonds, pearls and other white materials that create a delicate and airy effect. Platinum was a new and innovative metal at the time, which allowed jewelers to craft intricate and lacy designs with minimal settings. Diamonds were often cut in old mine or rose cut, which gave them a soft and romantic sparkle. Pearls were also highly prized for their natural beauty and elegance.
Edwardian jewelry was influenced by the styles of the 18th century, especially the French court of Versailles. Garlands, ribbons, bows, wreaths, tassels and lace motifs were common elements in Edwardian jewelry, as well as floral and foliate patterns. Some Edwardian jewelry also featured colored gemstones, such as sapphires, rubies, emeralds and opals, for a touch of contrast and drama.
The Appeal of Edwardian Jewelry Today
Edwardian jewelry is still admired and sought after today for its timeless beauty and exquisite craftsmanship. Edwardian jewelry can add a touch of sophistication and glamour to any outfit, whether it is a formal gown or a casual dress. Edwardian jewelry can also be a great choice for bridal jewelry, as it complements the white color and delicate details of wedding dresses.
At M.S. Rau, we offer a stunning selection of rare and fine Edwardian jewelry for sale online or in our New Orleans gallery. You can find exquisite examples of Edwardian rings, earrings, bracelets, necklaces, brooches and more, featuring high-quality diamonds, pearls and gemstones set in platinum or gold. Whether you are looking for an engagement ring, a pendant or a pair of earrings, you can find your perfect piece of Edwardian jewelry at M.S. Rau.
Browse our collection of Edwardian jewelry today and discover why this style is still one of the most elegant and sophisticated in history.