An Introduction to the Eras of Jewellery

Georgian Era (1714-1837)

Named after the four kings, King George I, King George II, King George III, and King George IV, Georgian era has the longest span among all the eras. Finding Georgian jewellery is difficult and most of it is either lost or passed on as an heirloom or displayed at museums. Primitive methods of cutting the stones and foiling were popular ways of making jewellery.

Victorian Era (1837-1901)

This era was influenced by Queen Victoria and it is split into three eras (The Romantic Victorian Era, The Grand Victorian Era, The Aesthetic Victorian Era) based on her life. With Prince Albert in her life, the jewel designs were inspired by hearts and flowers and after his death, she entered into deep mourning period and so the mourning jewellery became popular.

Art Nouveau (1890-1910)

Art Nouveau means ‘New Art.’ This era emerged during the industrial revolution. The jewellery reflected rebel against mass production because of industrialisation and more of handmade jewellery were made.

Edwardian Era (1901-1915)

This era is named after King Edward. It is also known as La Belle Epoque Era in France, meaning the beautiful era. This era used platinum for the first time and diamonds gained popularity in this era.

Art Deco Era (1920-1939)

This era started after World War I and got its name from French architect Le Corbusier, who named it as 1925 Expo: Art Deco. This era was all about bold and edgy jewellery and used geometrical designs.

Retro (1940-1950)

This era began after World War II that affected the availability of metals and stones. Big and chunky jewellery gained popularity in this era. Motion pictures were soaring high and so the demand for glamorous Hollywood inspired jewellery.

Which era jewellery or era-inspired jewellery you have? Contact us to learn more about vintage jewellery, how to keep them, and for resizing or reworking them.

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