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Handmade Jewellery: A Style Guide

Monday, July 20, 2020



There are, of course, many different styles and designs when looking at handmade jewellery, with many fine examples of some of the best jewellery ever made, spanning hundreds of years. In this article, we will briefly describe some of the more popular styles of handmade jewellery, with the aim of educating you regarding jewellery style and design.




Specialist Jewellers

There are regular jewellers and what is known as the custom jeweller, who creates pieces to order, then you have the fine handmade jeweller, who makes their own unique items and offer them for sale. The very top end would be the exclusive bespoke Mayfair jewellery boutiques, where you can view exceptional pieces by appointment only, and if you are looking for something special, they can easily be found with an online search and you can book a viewing.

Art Deco

Characterised by angular lines and lots of stone sparkle, the Art Deco period began just after the end of WWI, when Paris hosted an art & decorative exposition, which revealed to the world, the bright and visually appealing style we have all come to love. If, for example, you are planning to pop the question in the near future, why not commission a gorgeous diamond & sapphire cluster? Art Deco pieces are typically bold, with straight lines figuring in the stone cut, and if you used Google image search, you could find a design to show the master jeweller.

The Victorian Era

Queen Victoria ruled the British Empire from 1837-1901 and her love of fine jewellery and clothing certainly influenced trends, with 3 major periods of her reign.

1. The Romantic Era (1837– 861) – This was during the time she was courting Albert, who would become her husband, and natural shapes like flowers were popular, with birds, serpents and trees all in trend. Popular stones, aside from diamonds, were amethyst, opal, onyx, pearls, ivory and emeralds, using colour extensively.

2. The Grand Period (1861-1885) – This saw a shift from the delicate to the bold, which reflected the change of roles that Victorian women enjoyed, and the birth of costume jewellery arose from the desire for the new woman to look her very best.

3. The Aesthetic Period (1885-1901) – Known also as the ‘late Victorian’ period, this was the time for freedom of expression for women, although less jewellery was worn in the day, in an effort to be less feminine.

Of course, there are many other distinct styles, and if you are looking for a very special piece of jewellery, book a viewing at one of the Mayfair Boutique jewellers, and if they don’t have what you are looking for, they can handcraft any piece according to your specifications.

The Internet offers a great source of fine jewellery images which will help you to make a selection. You can show this to a master jeweller, and he can show you a few drawings. Then, with your input, a final design can be agreed upon and the work can begin. The jeweller may well have an item that ticks all your boxes, as they would have an extensive catalogue of fine handmade jewellery.








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