The Victorian Era (1837-1901) - Queen Victoria's long reign in England influenced many aspects of the British, European, and American culture, especially the jewelry. Victoria's beloved husband, Albert, first inspired romantic themes. Later, his death was the catalyst for the popularity of black and mourning jewelry.

The Edwardian Period (1901-1915) - King Edward took the throne after Victoria's death and also influenced America. Throwing off the somberness of Victoria, jewelry pieces became flamboyant and intricate.

The Art Nouveau Period (1885-1910) - Europe had its own direction, an individualized free expression.

The Art Deco Period (1910-1939) - The whole western world was changing, and the jewelry reflected a new streamlined modern look. American women's skirts got shorter and their necklaces, longer. Geometric lines and bright colors defined the sophisticate. Costume jewelry became a new industry.

Although not yet understood as era's, the decades following World War II have left their own jewelry imprints. The 40's were retro, the 50's colorful, while the 60's ushered in new wild ideas, like men wearing earrings and women, diamonds with their jeans. As women hit the workforce in the 1970's, they began buying their own jewelry. The trade responded with affordable, different, and creative options such as wood, lapis, and coral. Classic elegance returned in the 1980's after Diana received her blue sapphire and diamond engagement ring from Prince Charles. Silver defined jewelry of the 1990's, and new metals dominate the transition into the new millennium.

Historical Jewelry Styles

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