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Edwardian Necklaces & Pendants: A Touch of Belle Époque Elegance

The Edwardian era (1901 – 1910) was a period of optimism and prosperity, reflected in the exquisite jewelry of the time. Edwardian necklaces and pendants are prized for their delicate craftsmanship, luxurious materials, and timeless designs.

Hallmarks of Edwardian Jewelry

Edwardian jewelry was meticulously crafted by skilled artisans. Platinum, a relatively new metal at the time, rose to prominence for its strength and ability to create delicate settings for gemstones. Fine filigree work, featuring intricate lacey metalwork, and milgrain details, tiny bead-like borders, added a touch of sophistication.

The Rise of The Necklace

Queen Alexandra, wife of King Edward VII, is credited with popularizing the long, single strand necklace during this era. These delicate chains, adorned with pearls or gemstones, were a departure from the shorter, choker-style necklaces of the Victorian period. Technological advancements also played a role. In fact, the invention of the safety clasp allowed for more elaborate and delicate designs to be worn with confidence.

Gemstone Delights

Edwardian jewelers favored a variety of gemstones, each with its own symbolism. Diamonds were a classic choice, representing purity and everlasting love. Also, Pearls, symbolizing wisdom and elegance, were another popular selection, often used in strands or clusters. In addition, colored gemstones like sapphires, emeralds, and rubies added a touch of vibrancy, each with its own meaning associated with birthstones or personal sentiments.

A Timeless Trend

Today, Edwardian necklaces and pendants continue to capture hearts with their romantic and feminine aesthetic. Their delicate details and use of gemstones make them ideal for adding a touch of vintage glamour to any outfit.  Furthermore, Edwardian necklaces offer a unique opportunity to wear a piece of history.

Shop our beautiful Edwardian Necklaces and Pendants at Arnold Jewelers today!