The years between 1900 ans 1915 were ones of sophistication and elegance, but also light heartedness and femininity. Queen Victoria's son, Edward VII took the throne and it seemed as things were not so serious and heavy anymore. This was reflected in jewelry designs. Advancements in platinum technology in 1903 made it possible for pieces to be made solely of the base metal now. Platinum was the perfect compliment to the white dresses so popular for women at the time. Since that metal is so strong, less of it was required to secure stones. This made pieces look light and airy, almost like lace. With filigree and milgrain detailing, their was a gracefulness and fluidity to jewelry. The thought process while designing was to use many diamonds as possible, but pearls were also very popular (again with the white on white trend). Diamonds were shaped into rose cuts, old mine cuts, old Euros, and cushions. Cluster and bezel settings were most commonly used, accented by intricated scrolling metal work. We love Edwardian jewelry because it’s downright pretty.
Though the Edwardian was not very long, lasting only a decade and a half, the jewelry made during it was beautiful and unique to its time period. Scrolling shapes, decorated with ribbons and laurel wreaths were essential to an outfit. Ancient Greek and French Baroque inspired Edwardian jewelry designers, as well as the fabrics of the ladies' clothing, silk and lace. Lavalliere necklaces, simple chains with a single large pendant and negligees, asymmetrical necklaces with double pendants, sometimes with mismatched gemstones graced the necks and white dress clad ladies. Earrings were fragile and dangled with decorated hooks and open work bodies. Bracelets were delicate and worn more sparsely than in the Victorian era, but tiaras with pendeloques and loops became popular. Rings had center diamonds surrounded by filigree and calibre stones.