The Real Story Behind Mikimoto Jewelry

Kokichi Mikimoto is the genius behind Mikimoto jewelry. The Japanese artisan was born in 1858 and began supporting his family financially a short 11 years later. It was not until 1878 that he set up a pearl judging contest and recognized the poor quality of the products that even respected jewelry makers brought to the […]

An Overview on the History of Victorian Jewelry

The Victorian era follows the time line of Queen Victoria’s reign. Beginning in 1837 and lasting until 1901, jewelry aficionados break down this rather large chunk of time into three more manageable sections.   Early Victorian Era – Beginning with the young queens’ coronation and lasting until 1860, the year before she lost her husband […]

Brief History of Edwardian Jewelry

The heyday for Edwardian jewelry was the three-decade period between 1890 and 1920. Although King Edward VII only reigned from 1901 to 1910, this son of Queen Victoria wielded such influence on societal tastes and the British Empire’s trade in precious stones that his era well surpassed his actual reign. Already actively involved in politics […]