18ct Sapphire and Diamond pendant
With England at war during the first part of the 20th century, very little jewellery was made, as precious metals and gemstones were scarce, and were often sold for survival. Many jewellers, like the majority of the population, went to war or were in involved in the war effort. New designs did appear, however rather than break with tradition, they were elaborations on previous themes.
Edwardian jewellery and the contemporary jewellery of the rest of Europe did not fully embrace the revolutionary innovations of the Art Nouveau, but was characterised by a lightness and delicacy. This particular pendant is a classic example, paying tribute to the Art Nouveau with its cascading diamond “leaves” and sapphire “flowers”.