Jewelery and Modern History

Jewelery and Modern History

The jewelery culture in Europe flourished as the demand for costumes and jewelery by the middle class increased since the Industrial Revolution in the late 18th century.

In particular, the origin of costume jewelery is the high-quality Paste Stone (a so-called mixed stone, an artificial jewel made by mixing gem powder in a glass, etc.) that started in Bohemia (now Czechoslovakia).In addition, improvements in cutting technology have made it possible to process steel and alloys, and many artificial jewels have been displayed on jewelry and swords.

There were more than 300 jewelers in such industries.However, during the French Revolution of 1780, people appealed for a desire for social equality.As a result, many jewelers decided that flashy ornaments and jewelry were undesirable and gave up their business.

However, such austerity was short-lived, and the advent of George IV (1762–1830) in England revived luxury consumption.

The Victorian era (1837-1837) began in 1901, and the new queen loved jewelery.With a style setter who is always looking for something new, the more realistic imitation jewelery industry has flourished.Filigree, arm bracelets, and Roman coin jewelery were all the rage at the time.

In the 19th century, when the mass production era came, the Arts & Crafts movement led by William Morris took place in Europe.This originated from the fact that Japanese kimono was exhibited at an exhibition held in London in 1851, and that organic materials with the theme of Flora & Fauna (flowers and animals) were fashionable. I will.

This movement continued from the 19th century to the 20th century, with women being the main activists.The message in green, white and violet colored stones meant "Give Women the Vote".

And with Art Nouveau, which has been around since the end of the 19th century, jewelery culture is becoming more diverse.In addition to popular designs such as floral baskets and bows, platinum fine jewelery with diamonds and pearls has become popular.

Around 1890, MIKIMOTO in Japan succeeded in culturing pearls, so it was used in many necklaces and bracelets.It was also around this time that costume jewelery began to be adopted by fashion designers, and Coco Chanel was the first designer to adopt it.

Costume jewelery became even more prosperous as inflation began in the United States after World War I.In particular, gorgeous designs called cocktail jewelery inspired by Hollywood stars became popular.And with the advent of materials such as Vermeile (Gold-Plated Sterling Silver), which was developed during the tightening of finance after World War II, and materials such as Bakelite and Lucite, costume jewelry became popular. It became more and more booming.

Since then, the development of plastics, acrylics, enamel and metal has led to the introduction of previously unused jewelery in colors and textures, increasing the demand for younger generations and genderless people.The jewelery industry continues to grow to this day.

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Jewelry and Modern History



The jewelery culture in Europe flourished as the demand for costumes and jewelery by the middle class increased since the Industrial Revolution in the late 18th century.

In particular, the origin of costume jewelery is the high-quality Paste Stone (a so-called mixed stone, an artificial jewel made by mixing gem powder in a glass, etc.) that started in Bohemia (now Czechoslovakia). improvements in cutting technology have made it possible to process steel and alloys, and many artificial gems have been displayed on jewelry and swords.

However, during the French Revolution of 300, people appealed for a desire for social equality. As a result, many jewelers decided that flashy ornaments and jewelry were desirable and gave up their business.


However, such austerity was short-lived, and the advent of George IV (1762–1830) in England revived luxury consumption.

The Victorian era (1837-1901) began in 1837, and the new queen loved jewelery. With a style setter who is always looking for something new, the more realistic imitation jewelery industry has flourished. Filigree, arm bracelets, and Roman coin jewelery were all the rage at the time.


In the 19th century, when the mass production era came, the Arts & Crafts movement led by William Morris took place in Europe. This stems from the exhibition of Japanese kimono in London in 1851, where organic materials with the theme of Flora & Fauna ( flowers and animals) were considered fashionable. 

This movement continued from the 19th century to the 20th century, with women being the main activists. The message in green, white and violet colored stones meant "Give Women the Vote".


And with Art Nouveau, which has been around since the end of the 19th century, jewelery culture is becoming more diverse. In addition to popular designs such as floral baskets and bows, platinum fine jewelery set with diamonds and pearls became popular.

Around 1890, MIKIMOTO in Japan succeeded in culturing pearls, so it was used in many necklaces and bracelets.
It was also around this time that costume jewelery began to be adopted by fashion designers, and Coco Chanel was the first designer to adopt it.


Costume jewelery became even more prosperous as inflation began in the United States after World War I. In particular, gorgeous designs called cocktail jewelery inspired by Hollywood stars became popular. And with the advent of materials such as Vermeile (Gold-Plated Sterling Silver), which was developed during the tightening of finance after World War II, and materials such as Bakelite and Lucite, costume jewelry became popular.

Since then, the development of plastics, acrylics, enamel and metal has led to the introduction of previously unused jewelery in colors and textures, increasing the demand for younger generations and genderless people.

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