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Edwardian Curiosities (1901-1914)

Known in the rest of Europe as ‘La Belle Epoque’, the Edwardian era was a time of frivolity and wealth for the upper classes, led by the luxury-loving King Edward.

In a move against machine-made jewellery, the style became ethereal and delicate, drawing inspiration from the 18th century. Traditional motifs such as bows, garlands, ribbons and lace took over.

Platinum became popular, strong enough to allow the creation of lighter, millegrained and diamond-encrusted ‘lace’ jewellery to compliment the fashionable pastels of the time.

Evolving necklines gave necklaces a new importance, ranging from popular ‘dog collars’ to long, pearl ‘chains’ worn full length, below the waistline.

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Swiss Silver Niello Pocket Watch Made by Huguenin Freres

Swiss Silver Niello Pocket Watch Made by Huguenin Freres

£675
French Early Silver Vesta with Striker

French Early Silver Vesta with Striker

£150
Edwardian 9ct Gold Pencil by Samson Mordan & Co

Edwardian 9ct Gold Pencil by Samson Mordan & Co

£675
Edwardian Silver Quizzing Glass

Edwardian Silver Quizzing Glass

£375
Edwardian 18ct Gold, Enamel & Rose Diamond Pocket Watch With Matching Bow Brooch

Edwardian 18ct Gold, Enamel & Rose Diamond Pocket Watch With Matching Bow Brooch

£1650
14ct Gold Belle Epoque Pansy Flower Ink Nib Pen

14ct Gold Belle Epoque Pansy Flower Ink Nib Pen

£1275
Edwardian Pair of Amethyst & Rose Quartz, Amethyst & Rock Crystal Acorn Hatpins in Original Case

Edwardian Pair of Amethyst & Rose Quartz, Amethyst & Rock Crystal Acorn Hatpins in Original Case

£400