Edwardian / Titanic JewelryThe Victorian era was all about big, gaudy jewelry. In Edwardian times things are much more refined, more elegant and romantic. Earrings were small, dangling and subtle. Both of the below images are by John Singer Sargent in 1911.
For jewels, women often wore a single strand of pearls down her bare skin, with a neckline that skimmed the top of the breasts.
Another style of jewelry was a bit more complex. This is an image by John Singer Sargent done in 1906. The model is Mrs. William George Raphael. She has post earrings, with a a dangle style of moonstone necklace. Even though it is more ornate than a strand of pearls, it is still more elegant and "open" than the Victorian style. Moonstone - known since the Roman days - renewed its popularity in the Edwardian period for its subtle beauty.
Platinum and pearls were the main components of this era, with very fine, delicate workmanship. Amethysts were also loved, they were the favorite gem of Edward's wife.
Here's an Edwardian era necklace similar to the above design, but with diamonds. Note again how there is delicate workmanship. This one is for sale from Fay Cullen, click on the photo to see the sales link. I haven't bought from Fay but really appreciate her quality of workmanship (from what the photos show).
Here's a moonstone and silver necklace I ended up buying. It is from about 1900.
Moonstone Silver Necklace - more photos
Here's another necklace I own - this one in turquoise and silver. This one dates from 1905.
Here are the matching earrings. They are in rose gold - marked '9CT' for 9 Carat Gold.
Note that during the Edwardian era many women were upset that they were not allowed to vote. They came up with a theme - "Give Women the Vote". To represent that, they wore Green (peridot, a green gem), White (pearls) and Violet (amethyst). If you see items from the Edwardian era with this combination, this is what it meant!
Edwardian / Titanic Era
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