Located in the historic Pike Place Market, Isadora’s has specialized in exquisite antique jewelry for 38 years. Our discriminating collection includes pieces from the early 1800’s through the 1950’s, without a reproduction to be found. Our precious pieces are sent to North American Gem Lab for independent appraisals. We invite you to call our toll free number for applicable discounts. On many of our pieces, we are able to offer between 10-25% off of appraisal value.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

The Edwardian Era: An Era of Femininity

The Edwardian era began when Prince Edward became King Edward VII in 1901.  Known as the Belle Epoque era in France, it was one of the most feminine, beautiful and opulent jewelry eras.

Edwardian Diamond Platinum Ring
In fashion, women wore feminine clothing accented with feathers, bows, lace and silk.  Their jewelry was made to compliment.

Edwardian Diamond Negligee Necklace
This is when platinum truly came into vogue, as jewelers finally recognized platinum's beauty and versatility.  Filigree became a favored motif as jewelers crafted platinum into mountings that looked like delicate lace sparkling with diamond and pearls for a sumptuous white on white look.

Edwardian French Heart Locket
Also popular were negligee, choker and sautoir necklaces, as were designs featuring jeweled ribbons, tassels, circles and stars.  Unlike the Arts &  Crafts and Art Nouveau movements, the Edwardian era was all about the highly precious-- featuring Old Mine Cut and Old European Cut diamonds and beautiful creamy pearls.

Edwardian Diamond & Pearl Earrings

 This period ended with the beginning of World War I.

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