Collecting Jewelry: EDWARDIAN 1901-1910 | Jill Maurer
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Collecting Jewelry: EDWARDIAN 1901-1910 | Jill Maurer

Today we’re talking Edwardian jewelry. Who was this Edward, and what was his jewelry
all about? Edwardian jewelry runs from 1901 to 1914. This period was named for Victoria’s son,
King Edward, and this was the last period of time that we call … the we name after
a monarch. In fact other Europeans call this time La
Belle Epoche if I’m pronouncing that right. And it literally means “the good times”. King Edward was very different from his mother. He was lighthearted. He was a known gambler. He was a playboy, and he was just out there
to have a lot of fun. The styles were different at this time. Dresses became smaller. You know they weren’t the giant dresses. The would have a bustle. Some of the Edwardian gowns were really soft
and flowing so they just couldn’t handle the big jewelry of the Victorian period. And the Edwardians also saw themselves as
much more modern and didn’t didn’t like that style of jewelry. The rejected this notion of man made (meant
machine made) jewelry so like the Art Nouveau period, they also rejected the man made jewelry
(machine made). And they also used flowing lines, but they
did it in a different way. They used flowing lines in more traditional
forms so they would still be bows and ribbons and laurel wreaths. But rather than being rigid, they were much
more flowy. There were advances at the time that also
helped this jewelry. We got much better at working with platinum,
and we were better able to cut stones more round. And so the pieces that really resonate with
me from the Edwardian period, and the ones that really depict the Edwardian period, are
platinum and diamond. And they usually have a very lacy look. There is a lot of airiness to them. So a bow will look like a lace bow. There is a lot of piercing. They’re very light. They’re airy, and they are very precise. The pieces were still large. There were large brooches, very large rings,
but they appeared lighter because there was … they were airier. They were pierced. And you will see smaller rings, but they were
stacked when they were worn by the Edwardians. They were usually stacked knuckle to knuckle. So while Edwardian pieces are large, they
have a delicate feeling. They rarely used colored gemstones. It was almost always platinum and diamonds. When the Edwardians needed to wear mourning
pieces during the period of mourning, they took these airy light platinum and diamond
pieces and pinned them to black ribbons. So they might wear it around their neck or
on some other part of their body. And that is how they approached mourning jewelry
because it still followed all of the rules of mourning jewelry. The other type jewelry that you’ll see a lot
is in necklaces. Their dresses were pretty low cut and sometimes
were flowy. And the necklaces were similar to this. Where they were platinum, but there wasn’t
a lot of platinum involved. It might be like a bar and diamond, a bar
and a diamond because they could be so much more precise. And one look that happened a lot was a necklace
that came down and then continued into two drops and usually had diamonds on it. So the pieces were more precise and they were
more delicate. So the Edwardian jewelry was a relatively
short period of time, and it has a pretty distinct look. You can get to where you can spot Edwardian
jewelry just by seeing enough of it. I happen to love Edwardian pieces. Some of the finest examples of platinum and
diamond jewelry are from the Edwardian time. I’d love to hear from you in the comments
below. Tell me what you think about Edwardian style. And please be sure to subscribe. I would love to see you again. Until next time!


  • Globetrotter Travel with Puran & Karen

    Great share and amazing collection, You really look stunning and very confident talking with camera. big thumbs up!

  • kathy scott

    I adore the Lacey looking diamond and platinum pieces. I don’t care for the pieces with bows. Although larger pieces at times they still look delicate to me when they layer the necklaces using chains and diamonds only. I enjoyed the examples you showed. Thanks. Kat

  • Styled4Life

    I love Edwardian style jewelry. How jaw dropping gorgeous and elegant. Thanks Jill for this video on Edwardian jewelry class 101😊. I thoroughly enjoyed the historical facts; combined with the pictures, made the content a well throughout video. Excellent!!

  • Lee Lee LV

    I find myself staring directly at your necklace for the last few videos and I really really like it , it stands out and it’s very pretty , love that it’s silver and fairly simple yet so different ! Thanks for always sharing your knowledge of different types of jewelry eras ! I think I def love Edwardian style jewelry very pretty !


    Very nice to know it. I loooove the style of jewelry. Thank You so much dear for sharing this wonderful history of jewelry as always. ❤️

  • Leslie Craven

    Oh it is my favorite. I love the clothes too. It seems to me that this style of jewelry has made a little come back with “station necklaces “. and the triple drop necklaces that you showed not so much the piercings but fine delicate jewelry

  • Autumn Beckman

    I'm not familiar with this period. Platinum and diamonds sounds good to me. I prefer the more delicate pieces you showed toward the end of your video.

  • Autumn Beckman

    I've noticed lately on etsy several jewelry pieces made with raw stones, like raw emeralds. I guess that means they're not cut or polished? As someone who doesn't know much about jewelry I don't know if this is a new trend. What do you think of it?

  • smscrapper

    Ohhhhh platinum and diamonds, my favorite hahaha. Such pretty jewelry. Do you know about sea glass jewelry? I’m not sure if there’s much to it, enough for a video, but I’d love to hear the history and all info on that 🙂

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