Downtown Downton Abbey

I’ve been hearing a lot of chatter about the TV series Downton Abbey, which is set in 1916. As a result of the show’s popularity there’s been a resurgence in interest in Edwardian fashion and jewellery. Some will get all pedantic and claim the Edwardian era ended with the death of King Edward in 1910, the broader style era lasted until the end of WW1. In France, this time span was known as the Belle Époque. In America, it was the Gilded Age.

At any rate, it was a fine time for jewels. I thought I’d share some of my pieces from that transitional period.