The Belle Époque era really was a ‘Beautiful Age’. It was an age of beauty; artists and artisans were devoted to creating stunning, innovative and engaging masterpieces. Belle Époque jewellery was created from 1880 to 1915 and encompasses three jewellery design periods: Art Nouveau, the Arts and Crafts movement and the Edwardian Era.
This Era was inspired by motifs popular during the rule of Louis XIV, including bows, swags of wreaths or garlands of fabric. Floral motifs, with ribbons and lace-like patterns were seen in the jewels of the wealthy.
Jewellery was fashioned using pale-coloured gemstones, like pearls and diamonds, into lavish necklaces, tiaras, stomachers and earrings. Platinum replaced heavier silver mountings, allowing gemstones to appear in delicate-yet-strong mountings that provided optimum light, airiness and natural beauty.
The battle against the machines, led to the Arts and Crafts movement. Striving to show that the same beauty could be achieved by hand, the jewellery artists made truly amazing pieces. The beauty of the Belle Époque Era is appreciated and highly sought after today.
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