I wrote about seed pearls two weeks ago but needed to come back to the topic to show off some beautiful seed pearl jewellery that is so typical of this period. Delicate gold jewellery set with seed pearls is a beautiful look and was very suitable for the lighter and softer materials that women began to wear. Delicacy and lightness were the features of much of the jewellery in the 1890s and into the first decade of the century. Of course, if you could afford, these necklaces could be set with diamonds, but seed pearls were the next best thing.

Have a look at the beautiful designs in this page from the 1900 Mappin &Webb catalogue.

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Seed pearls necklets from the 1900 Mappin & Webb catalogue

If you are lucky, you can still find this seed pearl jewellery in its original box as below.

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Beautiful Edwardian seed pearl necklet in original case

I love the bows, clusters and swags used. Often these necklets were worn by brides. Sometimes, they had a pendant which was detachable and which could be worn as a brooch.

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Antique 15ct seed pearl starburst pendant/brooch (in Navette on Ruby Lane)

The seed pearl brooch/pendant was also a piece of jewellery in its own right, with its own box.

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18ct Edwardian seed pearl pendant/brooch (at Camberwell Antique Centre)