Fabulous Belle Époque Jewellery
From 1895 to 1914 a very special period of jewellery was defined by the French, called the Belle Époque? Take a look at the dates and you’ll notice that this “golden age” lasted until the start of World War I.
This was a time in Europe during which there were many technological and medical discoveries and it was (retrospectively) considered to be a period of great optimism.
Life was fabulous for a select few – and the rich and privileged indulged in beautiful clothes and jewellery, the designs of which were largely influenced by the French.
A look back at the Belle Époque jewellery period
Looking back it’s easy to see this Belle Epoque period as being very different from the rest of the 20th century. The attitudes and lifestyles of two decades were swept away by the First Wold War and because that war was so atrocious a new socialism and sense of personal identity was born and so ended a period of beautiful and elegant clothes and jewellery.
The public masses started to reject the concept of privilege as the reason for a better life – and so ended a period of jewellery manufacture of the most beautifully elegant and delicate kind. Belle Epoque jewellery is a reflection of history and a testament to the skill of the craftsmen who created them.
Items of jewellery from the Belle Epoque Period included tiaras, sautoirs, lavelles, garnitures, pendants, necklaces, bracelets, brooches, pins, earrings, hatpins, lorgnettes, compacts, purses and, latterly, jabot pins, nearly all of which were finely crafted from platinum using diamonds, sapphires, rubies and pearls.
Of particular design note were the swirling garlands of diamond necklaces, bracelets and pendants.
Famous Jewellery Masters
Voivon Bucherson, Buccelatti, Bulgari, Calder, Cartier, Castellani, Chanel, Dali, David Webb,Despres, Faberge,Falize, Flato, Fouquet, Fusset Y Grau, Garrard, Guliano (Arther) Guilliano (Carlo) Harry Winston, Hemmerle,J.E. Cauldwell, J. W. Benson, JAR, Kutchinsky, La La Ounis, Lalique, Mahie, Manz, Marchak, Marcus, Masriera y Carreras, Mauboussin, Mellerio, Nardi, Oscar Heyman, Rolex, Ruser, Schlumberger, Templier, Van Cleef & Arpels, Verdura, Vever, Weise, Yard,
Gorgeous stones for jewellery
Amethyst, aquamarine, black opal, citrine, coral, diamond,demantoid garnet, ebonite, emerald, fire opal, garnet, ivory, jade, lapis luzi, moonstone, onyx, opal, pearl, precious topaz, rock crystal, ruby, sapphire, sodalite, tanzanite, topaz, tourmaline, turquoise, zircon.