Victorian & Edwardian
Victorian (1837-1901) & Edwardian (1900-1915)
This period was during the reign of Queen Victoria of England, whose personal style had an influence on the jewelry of that time. Pieces were both delicate and stately. Symbols incorporating animals, insects, flowers and hearts, conveyed the common themes of love, betrothal, and death, which were typical of the period. Snake bracelets, necklaces, pins, and rings, fashioned of many different materials including coral, turquoise, diamonds and paste, were the rage.
The Edwardian period covered the reign of King Edward VII (1901-1910). There was increased use of platinum with diamonds set in fine lace like designs. Chokers hugging the neck with pearls and diamonds, along with brooches, bows, and floral motifs were popular. Highly refined dainty designs set the tone for the jewelry of this period.