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Edwardian Jewellery

With the start of a new century, new beginnings were at the forefront of jewellery design.  Platinum started to be used in a more widespread way rather than using silver, initially to accent the stones as it was expensive and scarce.  Jewellers turned to the art of late eighteenth century France to provide the motifs for elegant “garland style” diamond jewellery.  The brightness and superior hardness of using platinum resulted in much lighter, more precisely modelled settings.  For grand occasions, tiaras were worn high on the head, while women of means possessed quantities of brooches, bracelets, chains and pendants for daytime.