Edwardian platinum diamond and sapphire earrings, 1900 c.a.

Edwardian platinum diamond and sapphire earrings, 1900 c.a.

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A pair of edwardian platinum diamond and sapphire earrings, 1900 c.a. probably English. Designed as a hoop with a bow detail. 3.8 cm

Paio di antichi orecchini in platino con diamanti e zaffiri. Inghilterra, 1900 c.a. Dal delicato disegno a cerchio con dettaglio a fiocco. 3.8 cm 

 

At the end of the 19th century jewelry went from large and ostentatious to ethereal and delicate The designs of the last years of Queen Victoria and the new Edwardian era had their roots planted in eighteenth-century jewelry. The Court of Versailles was inspiration for the customers who desired aristocratically styled jewels. Ornamental motifs from earlier centuries were available through pictorial records and eighteenth-century pattern books circulated freely since 1850. In particular, Cartier encouraged his designers to wander the streets of Paris looking at seventeenth and eighteenth-century architecture for inspiration. Garlands and ribbons, laurel wreaths, bow knots, tassels, and lace were rendered with a new lightness thanks to the advances made in platinum fabrication. Early platinum work continued to be backed by gold in the same manner as silver

Alla fine del XIX secolo i gioielli passarono da essere grandi e imponenti ad assumere fogge eteree e delicate. I disegni degli ultimi anni del periodo Vittoriano e della nuova era Edoardiana prendevano spunto dai gioielli settecenteschi. Versailles era fonte di ispirazione per i clienti che desideravano gioielli dallo stile aristocratico. Già dal 1850 circolavano pubblicazioni sui motivi decorativi del XVIII secolo ed  in particolare Cartier incoraggiò i suoi designer ad osservare i dettagli dell'architettura dei palazzi di Parigi: ghirlande e nastri, corone di alloro, nodi d'amore, nappe e pizzi erano realizzati con nuova leggerezza grazie all'introduzione del platino.



 

 

 

 

 


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