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Estate Jewelry Periods

Victorian (1837-1901): Jewelry designs of this era show realistic detail (especially replications of flowers, animals, insects and reptiles), with ornate granulation and filigree gold work.

Edwardian (1901-1914): Ornate symmetrical designs distinguish jewelry of this period, with an emphasis on fine gold work and increasing use of diamonds (old mine and rose cuts) as well as rubies and sapphires. Platinum, either by itself or in combination with yellow gold, was also more widely used.

Art Deco (1920-1935): Jewelry reflects the streamlined and geometric designs of this time. Exotic motifs emerge. Combinations of materials were favored, notably, finely made platinum jewelry with exacting detail and a penchant for combining the highest-quality colored stones with diamonds.

Retro (1935-1945): Jewelry designers of this period turned away from the geometric, preferring the larger asymmetrical curved and sinuous look. Highly polished surfaces of pink gold were often used in combination with other colors of gold, along with fine rubies (both platinum and the alloy to make yellow gold were restricted during the war years).

The Postwar Era (1950s): Opulent designs characterize fine jewelry of this time. Fancy-cut diamonds were popular, as well as free-form designs and big, bold pieces with substantial carat weight of diamonds and colored stones.

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