By James Guthrie

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Belle Epoque

Belle Epoque was a period characterised by optimism, regional peace, economic prosperity, apex of colonial empires and technological, scientific and cultural innovations.

Belle Epoque was a period characterised by optimism, regional peace, economic prosperity, apex of colonial empires and technological, scientific and cultural innovations. In the climate of the period, especially in Paris, the arts flourished. Many masterpieces of literature, music, theatre, and visual art gained recognition.

Similar in style to Art Nouveau Belle Epoque Jewellery mixed themes of nature with bows and ribbons. We explore some of the design ideas below

 

Detailed filagree work made to look like lace.

 

Belle Epoque Jewellery, unlike Art Nouveau still used a mix of geometric shapes with flowing & curved lines.

 

 

About the Author

Being a third generation member of the New Zealand jewellery industry James' has grown up around diamonds and other gemstones, and the craft of fabricating fine jewellery.

James is a Director at Guthrie's Jewellers and is the lead designer.

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