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.

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. Therefore, 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 is an attractive octagonal shape with 74 step facets around the crown. In addition, asscher cut diamonds became popular in Edwardian filigree engagement rings. Contact us if you have such lovely pieces in your possession and wondering about their current value. We are estate jewelry buyer with 116 years of experience.

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