Jewellery Throughout the years
The Art Nouveau style of jewellery design had its origins in the aesthetic movement that arose in Europe at the end of the Nineteenth century.
Translating from the French as “New Art”, it was also known in Germany as “Jugendstil”- Youth Art, as a reference to its fresh approach to naturalistic forms and materials.
The movement was founded around 1890 and continued until around 1915 and its influence spread around the world, spanning both the end of the Victorian and Edwardians eras.
Its central tenant of that was of a return to the forms of nature and a rejection of the industrialised world that was rapidly developing at the time.
Taking inspiration from flowers, plants, insects and the female form, and using materials such as glass, organic jewels such as pearls and even horn, the value of the piece shifted from its intrinsic components, to its interpretation and the purity and artistry of its of designPosted: July 29, 2020
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 periodPosted: May 08, 2020
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 namesPosted: May 08, 2020
The Mid Victorian Jewellery 1860 to 1985 – the Grand Period Victorian jewellery during this era– often referred to as the Grand period – is sometimes considered an extension of the romantic period. Many of the themes found emerging in the romantic period bloomed during the grand period. Jewellery featuring lockets rose to prominence, with places to store pictures of loved ones. Rope designs also became more popular, possibly due to their intertwined patterns, suggesting a strong bond between two individuals. Although death and war perpetuated the Victorian desire for remembrance jewellery, new developments and ideas influenced Grand Period jewellery.
In 1879, the incandescent bulb placed jewellery in a whole different light, literally. Diamonds dazzled under electricity. The discovery of a diamond mine in South Africa in 1867 had created a great demand for the gems. The Grand Period also opened doors socially for women. As men were called to war, women filled the jobs they vacatPosted: April 15, 2020