History of Edwardian Engagement Rings

Edwardian Engagement Rings are rings created in the Edwardian Period (approximately 1901 - 1918) in what has been called the "beautiful era" by historians referring to the jewelry (often spelled jewelery or jewellery) and clothing produced during this time. This was a period where extravagance ruled; rings made during this period (including engagement rings) were ornate and had intricate designs unlike today’s rings which are more geometric in design. Women usually wore these engagement rings on a different hand than their wedding rings. The intricate patterns on the ring did not match up well with the intricate designs of their wedding ring. Edwardian jewelry was meant to complement the white delicate lace dresses worn by the stylish women of that time. Even today there are many places where this style of jewelry is still for sale or where people can buy original pieces from this era. Below is a list of some of the features of engagement rings made during this time.

Features of Edwardian Engagement Rings

Information on the Edwardian Period

The Edwardian Period began in 1901 with the death of Queen Victoria and the succession of her son Edward (Edward VII) as King of the United Kingdom. Edward and his wife were the fashion leaders of the time. They set the style for the fashion elite which was influenced by their travels throughout Europe. This era is often regarded as a romantic fashionable golden age. However it was also a period where the British class system was very rigid and a great economic gap existed between the wealthy and poor. It was a period of a greater awareness of human rights; women and laborers pushed for fairer treatment. It was the period that proceeded World War One which would ravage Europe. The king died in 1910 but this period of fashion is generally extended to sometime after his death. Some historians mark the end of the period as 1912 when the Titanic sank. Others mark the end as the beginning of World War I in 1914 or the end of the war in 1918; and yet others extend the period to 1919 when the Treaty of Versailles (ending WWI) was signed.

Conclusion - History of Edwardian Engagement Rings

Although this period of jewelry making and design is named after King Edward and his wife it was influenced by jewelry being created else where in Europe; especially in France. This period saw beautiful jewelry created that is still admired and worn by many people today. Edwardian engagement rings made today are fashioned with the traditional ornate patterns and designs of the Edwardian era.