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Victorian

Queen Victoria’s long reign from 1837 to the start of the 20th century saw jewelry becoming accessible to the middle class and with the discovery of diamonds in South Africa as well as gold in the Western states, it encouraged the further development of techniques that had been used by French and Italian jewelers since the 17th century. Due to the queen’s long reign, jewelry from this period reflected her life, her joys and her sadness as the married Prince Albert and later as he died in 1861. Engraving techniques and filigree were brought to new light but also the first diamond cuts that predate the modern-day brilliant cut.

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Edwardian

Overlapping Art Nouveau and named after King Edward of Britain, this period lasted from 1901 to around 1920. Building on Victorian era jewelry, very small almost invisible prongs are characteristic of this period with filigree work to imitate the extensive use of lace and silk in women’s clothing. Diamonds, pearls and platinum sometimes overlaid on gold were considered the embodiment of sophistication.

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Art Nouveau

Overlapping the Victorian and Edwardian era’s, this artistic movement originated in Europe. Generally viewed as lasting about 20 years from the 1890’s to 1910, jewelry from this era usually has sweeping curves, delicate colors and unusual gemstones. Influenced by Oriental art as well as archeological discoveries in Egypt and Greece, mythical creatures like griffons are represented along with flowers, animals and female forms. Art Nouveau jewelry were often delicate and not as many survive the hundred years of wear until today.

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Art Deco

Generally viewed at jewelry from the 1920’s to 1930’s, the Art Deco style introduced bolder colors and more geometric designs. Methods to refine platinum led to greater use of this metal until the war when it’s use was restricted. Advanced in gemstone cutting techniques (and the first modern brilliant cut diamonds allowing for more brilliance and scintillation than before.

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Retro

Typically produced after WWII and all the ways into the 1950’s, Retro jewelry reflect a unique time period where the world was recovering for the war. Bolder than previous periods of the 20th century, this jewelry often has a heavier look but to the great improvements in casting technology during the previous years. Often dramatic, jewelry from this period expanded into many new choices. The use of rose gold, sometimes green gold by European designers often gave pieces an industrial look.

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Contemporary

Although more recent, these pieces are either by known designers or are exceptional enough that we offer a selection in our Estate collection.

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