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Edwardian - 1901-1910

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After the Victorian period in England was over and Edward VII was on the throne, he and his wife, Alexandra of Denmark, greatly influenced fashion and jewelry as well as other art forms. They preferred glitter and lots of it! However, the items themselves were somewhat scaled down from the previous Victorian period.

Historical Influences/Inventions:

  • Edward and Alexandra as stated above.
  • In England everyone "dressed" for the theatre while in America "Vaudeville" was the favorite evening out.
  • Department stores and catalog stores grew to huge proportions Sears and Roebuck, Montgomery Wards and soon Wannamakers joined the scene.
  • Alexandra popularized the "dog collar" necklace, which she wore to hide a scar on her neck.
  • The watch fob was invented by Louis Cartier in 1904
  • House of Cartier appointed official jeweler to the Queen in 1904

Designs and Decorations:

  • Good Luck Symbols
  • Horseshoes
  • Wishbones
  • Doves
  • Hearts
  • Acanthus
  • Laurel Wreaths
  • Ribbon Bows
  • Flowers in garlands
  • Fish
  • Ducks
  • Peacocks
  • Foxes
  • Jumping horses
  • Dog collars
  • multistrand necklaces
  • Pierced metal mountings
  • handkerchief style pendants
  • Bar Pins and Brooches
  • Negligee Pendants
  • Filigreed Platinum with knife-edge
  • Millegrain settings
  • Drop earrings
  • Bangle Bracelets
  • Long bead or pearl Sautoirs/tassel ends
  • Chatelaines on a smaller scale
  • Lavaliers
  • Stomachers
  • Resille Necklaces
  • Tiaras
  • Small Boxes
  • Clocks
  • Icons
  • fans
  • Large hats
  • Feather Boas
  • Parasols
  • Ornate cuff links
  • Photo fobs
  • Sash Pins

Materials Used:

  • Pearls
  • Diamonds
  • Amethyst
  • Peridot
  • Demantoid Garnet
  • Ruby
  • Emerald
  • Sapphire
  • Opal
  • Amber
  • Platinum Silver
  • White gold after about 1910
  • Bohemian Glass
  • Crystalline Diamond Jewelry
  • Tri color gold
  • Cut Steel
  • Flexible setting sterling silver
  • Celluloid
  • Rhinsteons
  • Sterling silver filigree
  • Camphor glass buttons

Important Designers & Manufacturers:

  • House of Cartier
  • Fabrege
  • Charles Dana Gibson with his "Gibson Girl" with upswept hair, plunging neckline and tiny corsetted waistline.
  • Couturiers Gaston and Jealn Phillippe Worth dicated fashion and accessories


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