2014 A to Z Challenge: J is for Jewelry

Another late one. Was working on it last night but couldn't keep my eyes open. Figured it was better to post late than to post gibberish. Today we have J, the tenth letter of the A to Z Challenge.

Primer: During April over 2,000 bloggers are posting daily on topics that correspond to each letter of the alphabet. My posts will revolve around the research elements that have informed my new historical fantasy, Famine.

J is for Jewelry


Is there anything more extravagant than Edwardian jewelry? Inspired by art nouveau and the arts and crafts movement, Edwardian jewelers took advantage of the newly-invented oxyacetylene torch to fabricate the most delicate designs in platinum. Taking clues from architecture and the fabric arts, nature and interior decor, Edwardian jewelry took on the delicacy of lace, and tassels, swags and bows abounded. Necklaces, earrings, and bracelets were designed to flow with the wearer's movements, and exhibited a delicate, open-work style that's become iconic of the era. All around a stunning show of wealth, beauty, and extravaganza that came to a swift and sudden end with the beginning of World War I.

More information and pictures can be found at Antique Jewelry University.

Interestingly, Bartholomew only purchases one piece of jewelry for Matilde in Famine. Practicality wins again.

The finery around them was dull compared to Matilde, and not for the first time during their stay, Bartholomew was reminded that his ward was no longer a child. She had selected a soft shade of green lace for her overdress, but in contrast her slip, cape, and gloves where a fair shade of pink. The effect was one of sweet, youthful beauty and joie de vivre. His gift, which he’d obtained many years prior, she wore around her neck—a wide, scalloped collar of lustrous pink and white pearls.

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