The Edwardian era, also known as “La Belle Epoque” (“Beautiful epoch”), was named after the elegant lifestyle of King Edward VII and Queen Alexandra. Edwardian jewelry became the subject of imitation for the high society of many countries of the world, for whom precious embellishments were an integral part of the dress code. Unlike other styles of diamond jewelry design of this era, such as Arts and Crafts and Art Nouveau, luxury Edwardian jewelry pieces were sophisticated and feminine.
In the late Victorian and early Edwardian period, the mounting of luxury diamond jewelry pieces, as well as those of other gemstones, were delicate and airy, unlike settings with old-cut jewels. Masterpieces of La Belle Epoque produced by high-end diamond jewelers mostly consisted of diamonds, and this fact contributed to the development of new technologies in diamond cutting. As a result, such forms of a cut as marquise, emerald, and baguette appeared, while briolette cut, popular during the Victorian times, was often used in luxury diamond earrings and opulent necklaces. In addition to diamonds, natural pearls, and precious stones such as amethyst, peridot (one of the favorite gems of the Royal couple), blue sapphire, aquamarine, alexandrite, and ruby were often used in luxury Edwardian jewelry items.
In the jewelry world, precious accessories of the Edwardian era are recognized as the most exquisite and feminine. Luxury Edwardian jewelry products are reminiscent of refined, expensive lace. Such a delicate appearance was achieved due to the introduction of platinum in the exclusive jewelry manufacture. The use of this noble metal allowed creating complex models that looked graceful and subtle. Platinum is a reasonably solid material, in which almost no impurities are used. This naturally white precious metal does not fade with time and does not change its color, and its magnificent luster remains for many years. That is why many modern newlyweds choose custom-made engagement rings manufactured of platinum. Another essential feature is that it is non-allergenic and is suitable for everyone looking for hand-made wedding bands.
Unique designer rings executed in Edwardian style are remarkably beautiful. Their main distinctive feature is the openwork frame abundantly encrusted with sparkling gems. As often, the leading role in the Luxury Edwardian jewelry is given to shiny pearls. Also, back in the days of La Belle Epoque, elongated jewels of filigree work with multi-colored precious stones came into fashion – for instance, multi-colored sapphire earrings and diamond engagement rings. Famous New York jewelers often resort to techniques of Edwardian style in their work, including the highly experience NYC master Rafka Koblence.
Possessing 50 years of experience in the field of deluxe accessories production, Rafka takes his life’s work with high precision and respect for his clients. Upon your request, the jeweler will create exclusive diamond bracelets, limited wedding bands, lavish emerald earrings, and many other top-quality pieces. In case you fancy having a luxury Edwardian jewelry masterpiece developed and produced specially for you, Rafka jewelry is your first choice.