Material: 15ct Yellow Gold
Measures 12.65 x 12.50 mm
Hallmarked: London, 1903.
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An Edwardian Masonic box charm. This rare charm is made of 15ct yellow gold in the shape of a box with five different masonic symbols engraved on each side. The top of the box opens to reveal a compartment inside. It measures 12.65 x 12.50 mm and is hallmarked: London, Circa 1903.
Edwardian & Belle Époque Period (1901 - 1910):
Named after the reigning King Edward VII and with notable influences from French Rococo décor, this period was the shortest in antique jewellery history. However, it was during this time that platinum was introduced into the art of jewellery making which changed the way diamonds could be set. The popular jewellery design at the time was the “garland” which flowed on from the Art Nouveau period as it focused on nature but more particularly, on flowers and leaves often arranged in some circular shape. Through the use of milgrain and pierced and engraved metals, the Belle Époque designs gave way to jewellery that mimicked the delicate nature of lace and ribbon with natural pearls and old mine cut diamonds being the material of choice.