Tuesday, April 28, 2009

english garden

Nature and floral motifs have been a design inspiration throughout the history of modern jewelry, ebbing and flowing with fashions and societal views and influences.

Stylized floral motifs were common in the late 18th century Georgian Period, but became more realistic looking during the early Early Victorian Period between 1835 and 1861. Flowers for example were designed three dimensionally, many mounted en tremblant.

The use of flora in jewelry design reflected society's interest in nature--and flowers in particular. This slowly changed and by the end of the Late Victorian Period botanical and floral motifs in jewelry were replaced by the stars, moon, and a variety of animal, bird, and insect motifs spurred by a greater interest and participation in outdoor activities.

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