Edwardian Jewelry

Posted on June 10, 2016 Under Jewelry History


Jewels of the Edwardian Era date anywhere from 1901-1910, and consist of lovely bow, garland, and floral motifs. This period was named after the successor of the Queen Victoria, King Edward VII. Platinum was becoming very popular in jewelry, as people enjoyed its sleek white look, contrasting greatly with yellow gold of the previous era. The metal was also favored due to its strength and durability, which was recognized as ideal for creating strong pieces that display the delicate motifs of this time. You may notice that some Edwardian jewelry is made of platinum and backed with yellow gold. Before 1903, goldsmiths did not have torches that could reach the appropriate heat to manipulate platinum. This caused goldsmiths to back thin, delicate platinum jewelry with gold, a style usually used with silver jewelry, to add strength. The oxyacetylene torch was introduced in 1903, and was able to reach the heat needed to manipulate thicker platinum, giving jewelers more flexibility with their designs. Stand out pieces from this era are bow brooches, open work bracelets, and lovely old mine cut diamond rings set in milgrain rings.