4th Nov 2013


Shifts in Jewelry Design from Victorian Times to Today


A period of jewelry such as Victorian, Edwardian or Art Deco is associated with characteristic styles and motifs for that era.
Determining the period without hallmarks (often these are worn away from age) is based on the experience of collecting, comparing and over time, having an informed opinion of what era a piece of jewelry comes from.

Often, estate jewelry, particularly that past the retro era of WW II, the 1940’s and 1950’s, tends to lose that “style” associated with an era. The retro era is characterized by rose gold and often an industrial or tubular construction to the metal (industrial was also a theme in WWII art). After the retro period, jewelry designs became more splintered. Labels emerged with more individualistic styles according to designer rather than era.

Rock of Eden Modern designs reflect our love for jewelry of eras gone by, but they also put a twist on what was– to create the unexpected.

We have a certain sensibility for Rock of Eden fine jewelry. Words used to describe our jewelry include: fresh, hip, sensual, classic yet modern and original. We also like jewelry that feels raw or organic in some way, whether it be the stone itself, the design of the piece or the way the metals are used.

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This antique Victorian necklace is as beautiful today as it was in the 1800’s – note the tear drop shape.

The tear drop shape was popular in Victorian times – here it is completely fresh and modern

This champagne diamond dagger pendant is edgy and beautiful. It was inspired by jabot pins worn by men in Victorian times to hold their ruffled shirts down.

This champagne diamond dagger pendant is edgy and beautiful.
It was inspired by jabot pins worn by men in Victorian times to hold their ruffled shirts down.

 





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