Belle Epoque

Edwardian / Belle Epoque 1895-1914

Around this time another more mainstream artistic movement developped, inspired by the light-hearted approach to fashion towards the start of the new century – la Belle Epoque. Jewellery of this period was very délicate, romantic and feminine.

With the advent of platinum, designs could become highly detailed, open and light. The key colour was the white of platinum, diamonds and pearls, together with délicate pastels, whilst flowers, bows and ribbons were the leading style motifs if this period. Stylistically, the movement is also well known as the Garland Style.
The House of Cartier was at the forefront of this movement creating jewels of lace-like quality. Other french designers of the period were Chaumet, Fabergé and Lacloche.