Here’s some more on ages of jewellery – in particular the romantic periods of late Victorian times to post Edwardian. Jewellery from 1885 – 1915 is a particularly lovely time for collectors to focus on as it’s such a rich historical period of time worldwide.
Arts and Crafts Jewellery (1894–1923)
Due to the Industrial Revolution, many jewellery designers rebelled during the Arts and Crafts movement, returning to intricate jewellery designs and handmade craftsmanship. It was common for jewellery of this era to be simple in pattern and made of colourful, uncut stones.
Art Nouveau Jewellery (1895–1915)
Art Nouveau jewellery features natural designs such as flowers and butterflies and were generally considered “romantic”. This style was popular from about 1895 until World War I. The style actually began around 1875 in Paris, and its influence went throughout the western world. The style died out by the end of World War I but has often been revived. Art Nouveau jewellery follows curves and naturalistic designs, especially depicting long-haired, sensual women, sometimes turning into bird-like or flower-like forms.
Art Nouveau vintage jewellery is still a source of inspiration and popular among many collectors; in particular collectors of the work of Rene Jules Lalique and Louis Comfort Tiffany.
Edwardian Jewellery (1901–1915)
The Edwardian period began with the death of Queen Victoria, when her son Edward became King. During this period, many of the Edwardian-designed pieces incorporated more expensive gems such as diamonds, emeralds, and rubies in elaborate designs. Good examples of this will cost, but will repay you with joy and investment value.