Arts And Crafts

The Arts and Craft movement occurred in the late 19th century and advocated simple craftsmanship, using the natural beauty and quality of materials to artistic effect.

Led in England by William Morris and John Ruskin, it favored simple handmade designs based on indigenous floral, ancient Celtic, and Medieval designs. These were created using traditional methods of crafsmanship, rather than machine made and mass-produced. Silver was the metal of choice, together with uncut and cabochon-cut stones.

Interestingly, in Great Britain and the United States, many Arts and Crafts jewelers were women - a development echoed in the late 19th and early 20th centuries in the appearance of suffragette jewelry. Incorporating green, white and violet-colored stones, the jewelry spelled out the aspiration: "Give Women the Vote."

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