After the Victorian period in England was
over and Edward VII was on the throne, he
and his wife, Alexandra of Denmark,
greatly influenced fashion and jewelry as
well as other art forms. They preferred glitter
and lots of it! However, the items themselves
were somewhat scaled down from the previous
Edward and Alexandra as stated above.
In England everyone "dressed" for
the theatre while in America "Vaudeville"
was the favorite evening out.
Department stores and catalog stores grew
to huge proportions Sears and Roebuck,
Wards and soon Wannamakers joined the scene.
Alexandra popularized the "dog collar"
necklace, which she wore to hide a scar
The watch fob was invented by Louis Cartier
House of Cartier appointed official jeweler
to the Queen in 1904
Designs and Decorations:
Good Luck Symbols
Flowers in garlands
Pierced metal mountings
handkerchief style pendants
Bar Pins and Brooches
Filigreed Platinum with knife-edge
Long bead or pearl Sautoirs/tassel ends
Chatelaines on a smaller scale
Ornate cuff links
White gold after about 1910
Crystalline Diamond Jewelry
Tri color gold
Flexible setting sterling silver
Sterling silver filigree
Camphor glass buttons
Important Designers & Manufacturers:
House of Cartier
Charles Dana Gibson with his "Gibson
Girl" with upswept hair, plunging
and tiny corsetted waistline.
Couturiers Gaston and Jean Phillippe Worth
dicated fashion and accessories
Architectural designers were kept busy with
the new fad - "greenhouses" to
grow all the fragile, exotic plants