Edwardian Style – Hail to the King
Recently, we published a blog entitled Vivacious. Vintage. Victorious, which focused on the Victorian Era, Queen Victoria to be exact. She loved jewelry with a passion. Her son, King Edward is the focus of this blog and like his mother enjoyed the lavish lifestyle which encompassed clothing as well as jewels.
The Edwardian Era 1901 - 1915 began with the death of jewelry adorned, Queen Victoria when her son Edward became King. It is also a history in time that covered Edward's reign, named after him, coincided with the start of a new century and heralded significant changes in technology and society, including steam turbine propulsion and the rise of socialism. Our primary focus will be how this period relates to the Estate Pieces or jewelry that are antique, vintage and value. We'll also evaluate how such pieces had a significant impact towards the future of design and most importantly, their value.
During King Edward's reign, many of the Edwardian-designed pieces were more expensive, like; diamonds, emeralds, rubies and other gems. Simply put, they were exquisite, elaborate designs. When married, King Edward's Queen, Alexandra and he lived a most opulent lifestyle, and it was at this time that Cartier became the official jeweler of the new King and Queen. Known as the Age of Opulence, (think Downton Abbey), Cartier also became the first artist to design jewelry made of platinum. Platinum was much stronger than gold or silver and incorporated into the delicate, lacy filigree work that was the signature feature of jewelry in Edwardian times.
Thanks to Cartier’s platinum, it was possible to create intricate, lightweight versions of these objects. These beautiful filigree pieces also imitated the lace and embroidered silks popular during Edwardian times. Women favored any light and airy fabrics in pastel colors. Edwardian jewelry had to be lightweight to be worn on these new, delicate fabrics.
In 1902, Joseph Asscher introduced the world to the Asscher cut for diamonds. It was an attractive octagonal shape with 74 step facets around the crown. Asscher cut diamonds became popular in Edwardian filigree engagement rings.
If you have such lovely pieces in your possession and wondering about their current value so you can sell to a trustworthy source, feel free to contact Steven Schiffman for a no cost, no obligation consultation.
If you wish to learn more about the value of your jewelry pieces so you can sell to a trustworthy source, feel free to contact Steven Schiffman for a no cost, no obligation consultation.
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