1901 – 1920
The 20th Century brought immense innovation and diversity to jewelry design. Edwardian engagement rings evoked that diversity in their delicate and ultra finely detailed settings.
With the return of Queen Victoria, or at least her influence through the reign of her son Edward VII, traditional materials like platinum and diamonds were all the rage. Edward’s wife Alexandra was a fan of diamonds and pearls, which influenced the style of the time.
Metalwork in these rings is very intricate, but entirely feminine and light, like lace. The metal of choice was platinum, valued for its strength.
Settings & Materials
Typical Edwardian settings are cluster and bezel. Platinum and white gold were most popular. Diamond cuts found in jewelry of this time are rose, old mine cushion, and old european cuts.