Eras of JewelryPeriods in Antique and Estate Jewelry
Victorian (1837-1900): This was the first period to embrace style influences from earlier periods. Queen Victoria’s own sentiments and romantic view of her world inspired the use of bows, birds and hearts in jewelry of this time. A discovery of diamonds in South Africa in 1867 made it possible for frequent use of this stone in jewelry.
Art-Nouveau (1895-1940): This period was a huge departure from the Victorian designs. It was characterized by organic forms and flowing lines that appear to be in motion. It was common to see the female form as well as dragonflies, salamanders and a variety of other flora and fauna represented.
Edwardian (1900-1915): Edwardian jewelry contrasted greatly with the Art-Nouveau period in that for the most part it was very symmetrical and could be best described as lacy and airy. Unfortunately WWI brought an end to this exquisite period in jewelry.
Art Deco (1925-1940): This period was marked by geometric and symmetrical designs. It was also very common to see heavy Egyptian and Chinese influence, as well as streamlined modern designs in the jewelry.
Retro (1940-1950): For the most part, this is jewelry that was created in pink or green gold and incorporated flowing lines and flamboyant designs. The use of citrines and rubies and of course diamonds is very common in these jewels.
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