The Edwardian jewelry period lasted from 1901 to circa 1920. Edward VII and his lovely Danish bride, Alexandria, brought a cosmopolitan flair to fashions and jewelry during this exuberant time in history.
Edwardian Jewelry Designs
During the Edwardian jewelry period, jewelers used platinum and diamonds to create intricate and delicate filigree patterns that resembled lace. Light and airy designs became hallmarks of Edwardian jewelry and Edwardian rings. Alexandria wore a choker type necklace called a "dog collar" which became popular during the Edwardian jewelry period. Pearls were quite fashionable, along with jewels for the hair, or "tiaras" combined with beautiful dangling earrings. King Edward enjoyed sports and encouraged the use of sporting motifs. He also helped make his good luck stone, the peridot, very popular. The elegance, beauty and superb craftsmanship of Edwardian jewelry and Edwardian rings has remained unparalleled through the ages.
A classic mounting creates the perfect setting for a GIA certified 1.14 carat radiant cut diamond in this antique style engagement ring. Hand engraving, milgrain trim, and beautiful detailing on the underbezel add the finishing touches to diamond engagement rings like this one. The Edwardian influence is evident in the design of this romantic ring. This new diamond engagement ring is from the Topazery Dragonfly Collection.
In this playful Edwardian cocktail ring, two bezel set gemstones -- a greenish blue aquamarine and a pastel blue green quartz -- are framed by diamonds. The classic platinum hand-wrought filigree mounting is dazzling with 50 bead set diamonds. Circa 1915.
Blue sapphires arc through a sea of diamonds in this pair of Edwardian antique drop earrings. Shaped like teardrops, these hand-wrought antique earrings contain large diamonds at both the base of the drop and the front of the lobe. Smaller accenting diamonds are set in the teardrops. Channel set blue sapphire lend a touch of subtle color.
Details: Antique, Edwardian. Circa 1920 or later. Platinum on 14k rose gold. Rose, old European and old mine cut diamonds; 1.31 carats. Rectangular calibre cut sapphires.
The pretty band of this Edwardian antique ring is pierced with a floral and bow motif. Two matching white sapphires burst from the center of this flowery ribbon backsplash. These focal point gemstones are hexagonal set side by side. A flame fusion blue sapphire is wedged between the two white sapphires, dividing this antique ring into two distinct yet equally scene-stealing segments.
Details: Antique, Edwardian. Circa 1920. 18k white gold. Round cut white and rectangular cut blue sapphires; 1.55 carats.
This antique ruby ring playfully harbors a single red rose amongst its platinum flowers and boughs. The ruby solitaire that peeks out of the center of this antique ring is bead set and surrounded by an elaborately carved hexagonal top plate. Pierced filigreeing and a textured floral spray cascade down the shank and shoulders like morning glory ivy climbing a trellis.
Details: Antique. Circa 1920. Platinum. Round cut ruby; 0.30 carats.
Lovely flowers and leaves dapple the shoulders and shank of this antique Edwardian engagement ring. The pierced filigree mounting culminates in an octagonal-shaped top setting. Classic yet extraordinary, this antique engagement ring's unique appeal would be hard to duplicate.
Details: Antique, Edwardian. Circa 1920. 18k white gold. Round cut blue sapphire; 0.30 carats.
According to Indian lore, the chickadee is the bird of truth and this Edwardian engagement ring playfully honors that legend. A pair of chickadees is tucked amongst the botanical carvings and cutouts that decorate the elaborately filigreed band. Perched on opposite sides of a GIA-certified old European cut diamond, the birds are gloriously chirping away about love.
Old mine cut diamonds suspend from Eiffel tower-like architectural bridgework in these Edwardian antique earrings. The platinum open framework shimmers with an additional seventeen old style full cut diamonds. These antique earrings secure to the lobe with Shepherd hooks.
Details: Platinum. Old mine and old style full cut diamonds; 1.34 carats. Antique, Circa 1915
A pale round aquamarine rises out of this antique engagement ring, bathing the finger in a soft glow. The aquamarine is set in a platinum coronet shank. Six old style full cut diamonds cascade down the shoulders of the platinum band, lending the illusion of drizzling dew drops to this antique engagement ring.
Details: Platinum. Old style full cut diamonds; 0.19 carats. Round aquamarine; 2.06 carats. Antique, Circa 1925. .
A classic mounting creates the perfect setting for a GIA certified 1.26 carat, H color, VS2 clarity Asscher cut diamond in this antique style engagement ring. Asscher cut diamonds are known for their captivating optics and spell-binding beauty. The mesmerizing geometry of the cut draws the eye inward to the depths of the stone. Hand engraving, milgrain trim, and beautiful detailing on the underbezel add the finishing touches to antique style diamond engagement rings like this one. The Edwardian influence is evident in this romantic design, which showcases the Asscher diamond to perfection. This new diamond ring is from the Topazery Dragonfly Collection.
Like a bluebird flitting across a golden field of grain, this 1920s antique sapphire filigree engagement ring adds unexpected colorful contrast to the finger. This antique engagement ring's centerpiece round faceted mixed cut blue sapphire weighs 1.42 carats. This violet blue gemstone is set in a 14k yellow gold band that is enhanced with delicate filigree work along the shoulders and underbezel. Circa 1920.
This antique three stone ring by Whitehouse Brothers is a miniature work of art in platinum. It exemplifies the fine craftsmanship and delicate designs of Edwardian jewelry. Two white diamonds and a Ceylon blue sapphire in bezel settings are surrounded by fine mille graining and filigree. A lace-like open work leaf and vine motif undulates around the stones. The underbezel has a delicate open work design. Antique Edwardian rings like this one are perfect for her engagement ring, anniversary ring, or "Just Because". Circa 1910.
An elaborate platinum filigree mounting holds an old European cut diamond in this late Edwardian ring. With a color of L, a clarity of VS1, and weighing 0.78 carats, this old European cut diamond is GIA certified. French cut blue sapphires and single cut diamonds dance amidst the filigree. This delightful mix of blue and white adds interest to the mounting of this romantic Edwardian ring. Circa 1920.
Lacy silken threads wrap the finger in radiance with this Edwardian inspired diamond engagement ring. A platinum band with open cutwork down the shoulders lends a tonal backdrop to the fifty-eight round full cut diamonds that accentuate it. A GIA-certified round brilliant cut diamond serves as the piece de resistance in this antique style engagement ring. This G-colored, SI1-clarity diamond centerpiece weighs 1.22 carats. The combined weight of all the diamonds is 1.72 carats. This is a new diamond engagement ring inspired by Edwardian jewelry designs.
Edwardian Antique Style Filigree and Diamond Cross
Filigree and diamonds join forces to create this romantic Edwardian antique style cross. The points of this handcrafted cross, which is made of platinum-topped 18k yellow gold, are tipped with hearts for added romance. Nineteen rose cut diamonds are bead set into the filigree. A bezel set single cut diamondis at the center of this antique style antique cross. In total, these diamonds weigh 0.12 carats. Circa 1950 or after.
Delicate carvings and delightful shimmer soften up angular edges in this three stone antique diamond engagement ring. The platinum setting of this Edwardian engagement ring is accented with sunburst, chevron and feathery elements. The squared-off top of this antique engagement ring cradles a trio of old European cut diamonds. Ranging in color from G to H and in clarity from VVS2 to SI2, the three stones have a combined diamond weight of 0.73 carats. Circa 1920.
A pear shaped aquamarine dangles from a cream colored pearl in this elegantly simple antique Edwardian pendant. A teardrop aquamarine hangs suspended from a14k yellow gold bail. This focal point green-blue gemstone weighs 4.10 carats. It is topped with a dainty round prong-set cream pearl. For added radiance, the bail of this antique Edwardian pendant is set with two rose cut diamonds totaling 0.05 carats. Circa 1900
Antique pearl and diamond bracelets in 14k yellow gold wrap the wrist in classic elegance.Three cream-colored oval freshwater pearls are interspersed between diamond bars. The twenty-four old mine cut diamonds that accent this bracelet are set in white gold top plates and total 0.03 carats. A safety chain adds security. Circa 1900.
A pierced filigree mounting and a bead set Old European cut diamond create an enchanting design for antique Edwardian engagement rings like this one. The old European cut diamond that is tucked in the center of this antique engagement ring radiates with 0.12 carats of diamond sparkle. K in color and SI1 in clarity, this diamond solitaire is set in a millgrain-trimmed square top plate. An 18k gold mounting provides a tonal backdrop for this Edwardian filigree antique engagement ring. Circa 1920.
Hand-wrought details and a geometric setting put an intriguing spin on the classic diamond solitaire. This late Edwardian antique filigree engagement ring is set with a 0.16-carat round brilliant cut diamond with G color and VS2 clarity. The 18k white gold band of this antique engagement ring is pierced along the bezel and carved along the shoulders in a wheat design. Circa 1920.
This delightfully romantic antique engagement ring features a kissing bird motif on the shoulders. Eight square faceted mixed cut blue sapphires peek out of the 18k white gold filigree with a heart and flower motif. The hexagonal top of this antique engagement ring shows off a bezel set old European cut diamond. The I-colored, VS2-clarity diamond in this antique engagement ring weighs 0.39 carats. Circa 1920.
This antique cameo ring features a classic hand wrought 18k white gold mounting. The hardstone cameo is carved white on black and depicts a woman's right profile. She is in Elizabethan dress and is wearing earrings and a necklace. The 18k white gold band of this antique cameo ring is engraved in a leaf motif. Circa 1920.
This enchanting Edwardian ring plays with geometry and subtlety. From the side, it is a series of surfaces sculpted in platinum filigree. From above, it is a startling pool of light: a hexagon brimming with diamond. A 0.76 carat old style round brilliant cut diamond is prong set at the top in a milgrained surround. This L color, SI2 clarity diamond glows softly with the color of candlelight. Circa 1920. .
This hand-wrought antique diamond engagement ring is done in a ying-yang design that showcases the complementary nature of two souls joined by love. The 14k yellow gold band has a platinum top. The platinum elements are accentuated with a collection of twelve rose cut diamonds. These accenting diamonds swirl their way around an old mine cut diamond that weighs 0.11 carats. The centerpiece diamond has a color rating of G and a clarity rating of SI2. The combined weight of all the diamonds is 0.26 carats. Circa 1900.
Tie up her heart with this romantic Edwardian sapphire and pearl antique brooch. Threads of platinum create a delicate bow that is set with old European cut diamonds, pearls, and a center blue sapphire. The ribbon steamers of this wonderful antique pin move ever-so-slightly as you do. This Edwardian antique pin is circa 1910.