Monthly Archives: May 2020

  1. A Guide to Art Deco Jewellery

    A Guide to Art Deco Jewellery

    Following the organic fluidity of Art Nouveau, the Art Deco style emerged around 1910 and continued until 1925, which signified both its climax and the start of its decline. In contrast to the pale colours and natural lines of Art Nouveau, Art Deco was characterised by vivid colours, formalised floral decoration, spiral motifs and a stronger, more precise use of sinuous curves, spreading into ovals, circles and octagonal panels. Other important elements of early Art Deco design lingered from the Edwardian concentration on graceful eighteenth century design, retaining such motifs as garlands and baskets of flowers.

    In the 1920s, the style began to absorb new influences, principally from African American art and Cubism, which gradually guided designs further towards geometry and simplicity. It aimed at ornament for its own sake, perhaps intended to distract people from the unpleasant times of wartime, delivering an effect in the design that was contrived and unreal. This period

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  2. A Guide to Edwardian Jewellery

    A Guide to Edwardian Jewellery

    Edwardian Jewellery,

    The Edwardian era itself was a short and dream like period in which wealthy jewellery buyers were spoilt by the diversity of styles ,availability of Diamonds, Opals and Pearls etc., and the number of highly talented craftsman. In many ways it could be seen as the height of the “Belle Époque”.

     

    Following the heavy and formal jewellery of the high Victoria era, the Edwardian period ushered in a new lightness and delicacy to jewellery production and design, with emphasis on high quality hand work instead of the mass produced trinkets that mechanisation later years of the Victorian era had brought with it.

     

    The influence of the last years of the 1890’s and its aesthetic movement and had lasting effect on the jewellery created in Edwardian times.

    The naturalistic forms of French Art Nouveau and German Jugendstil designs were echoed by the Arts and Crafts movement in Great Britain, and the important artisan names

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  3. Choosing the Perfect Engagement Ring

    Choosing the Perfect Engagement Ring

    For a man – purchasing an engagement ring for his partner can be a daunting prospect.

    A trip around google will provide lots of charts, tables and jargon that is hard to relate to real the visual world and to apply to making your special person happy.

    Over our years in the trade we have dealt with thousands of people looking to buy that special item that will delight their loved one- and buying an engagement ring falls very neatly into that category.

    The main task a buyer faces is to first decide on the personality and style of the person the ring is intended for; a look at the kind of jewellery they have already is a good place to start.

    Take notice of the colour of the metal they have chosen and the intricacy or simplicity and size of the designs they have bought for themselves. If you can quietly find out the finger size required, it will help later on if the presentation of the ring is to be surprise!

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