Photo courtesy of Scott Papper, GIA GG, AJP, CM (NAJA), Global Gemology & Appraisals
Edward VII, son of Queen Victoria, became King of England when his mother passed away in 1901.
METALS COMMONLY USED
• Platinum • Gold
Platinum became very popular during the Edwardian Era, thanks to the invention of the oxyacetylene torch in 1895. Before then, platinum was backed by gold, similar to the gold-backed silver pieces from the Victorian Era.
• Filigree • Millegrain The strength of platinum was showcased as diamonds were set in airy, lace-like, openwork filigree settings.
Millegrain (or milgrain) detailing was common, giving a soft, coin edge look to platinum pieces.