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Much of the jewelry we feature was created during these important periods. Many periods overlap each other and many pieces show influences of more than one period, so these dates are for guidelines only.

Georgian Era, 1720-1830
Main Characteristics: Delicate jewelry in gold enamel and pearl with wiry looking designs, including buckles for shoes and dresses and hair jewelry.

Early Victorian, or Romantic Period, 1837-1860
Main Characteristics: Bold with inexpensive gemstones, enamel, or rose-cut diamonds and seed pearls. Link bracelets and gold brooches, mourning jewelry in onyx or jet.

Mid Victorian, or Grand Period, 1860-1885
Main Characteristics: Diamonds and seed pearls.

Late Victorian, or Neo Classical, 1885-1900
Main Characteristics: Mourning jewelry in onyx and jet, also many serpent and snake designs.

Edwardian Period, 1900-1910

Main Characteristics: Lavishly decorated open work with platinum wires. Filigree gemstone decoration was also very popular, as well as white on white (diamonds and platinum).

Art Nouveau Period, 1890-1910
Main Characteristics: Flowing lines. Floral motifs and symmetrical designs. Mostly inspired by Japanese art forms.

Art Deco Period, 1920-1940
Main Characteristics: Extravagant but streamlined designs, rectilinear forms with bold outlines.

Retro Art or Art Moderne, 1940s and '50s
Main Characteristics: heavy gold work, stones such as rubies, sapphires, and diamonds, and tassels and pink colored gold. Influence from architecture of the era.

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