Monday, October 17, 2011

J is for Being Jeweled

Jewelry.... throughout history it has existed as an integral part of human expression and wealth. Beginning with the first rudimentary necklace of shells strung together with twine and continuing into the reigns of Egyptian, Greek and Roman Kings. When gold, silver, and cameos were introduced to the world many millenniums ago, jewelry existed as a form of currency, a symbol of the gods, and the ultimate in physical adornment.

During the Middle Ages (5th-14th C), Christian monasteries designed religious jewelry as a means of supporting themselves. The Renaissance (15th-17th C) became known as the Jewel Age, with secular creations of jewelry as works of art for the sole purpose of enhancing beauty. Gemstones were prized for their lustrous colors; diamonds for their rarity. Improved methods for cutting diamonds increased their availability during the 17th C and beyond. Each period in history - Georgian (1714-1830), Victorian (1837-late 1880's), Arts&Crafts (1894-1923), Art Nouveau (1890-1915), Edwardian (1901-1910), Art Deco (1920-1935), Retro (1935-1949), 1950's, 1960's, 1970's, 1980-1990, to present - corresponds with specific jewelry designs identifiable with that place in time. From nature-inspired florals, animals and scroll work to crescents, garlands, geometrics, and gemstones, jewelry has evolved as beautiful forms of self expression to be worn proudly and cherished by generations to come. Collect it... Wear it... Have fun with it!

Georgian (1714-1830), Shell Cameo Pin

Early Victorian (1837-1860), Amber Lavaliere style Necklace and Earrings
Mid Victorian (1860-1885), French Jet Black Glass Cameo

Art Nouveau (1890-1915), Enameled Cabochon

Art Nouveau (1890-1915), Plique a Jour Sterling & Enamel Brooch

Arts and Crafts (1894-1923), Natural Shell Handcrafted Pin

Edwardian (1901-1910), Sterling Crescent Brooch

Art Deco (1920-1935) Faceted Garnet Brooch

Green Glass and Bakelite with Enamel Clasp (1907-1927)

Rhodium Cast Metal Rhinestone Butterfly Brooch, 1940's

Krementz Necklace, 1930's -1940's

Trifari Earrings, 1950's

Monet Brooch, 1960's

Juliana 'Chalk White' Milk Glass Pin, 1960's

Handmade Clay and Bead Choker, 1970's

Want to purchase one of these lovelies for yourself or someone special? They will be listed in my Etsy Shoppe in the weeks ahead just in time for the Holidays. Happy Shopping!


1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Wonderful post, Maria! I love the Sterling Crescent Brooch!

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