In the Edwardian era jewellery was an important part of the lifestyle cultivated by an extremely wealthy upper class.
Edwardian jewellery is famous for the widespread use of filigree; delicate metalwork in designs incorporating garlands, ribbons, laurel wreaths, bow knots, tassels and lace. Small brooches continued to be worn in large numbers, including bows, circles and swags, all in the delicate lacey new style. Earrings were designed to move and sway with the lighter flowing garments, and they have become iconic elements of the period. Rings featured many of the same bow and garland motifs with large centerstones encircled by calibré-cut coloured stones or small diamonds. The fashion was for rings to be stacked, often with multiples worn on each finger.
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