The Baroque movement
29th Nov 2015
Baroque can certainly be described as a style that keeps on repeating. When the 17th century came about it was absolutely imperative for women to adorn themselves in jewellery. Baroque described the innovation of art and jewellery at the time, jewellery designs tended to be rather ornate and mono-toned in colour. Bows and floriated motifs were extremely popular and ornamented many jewellery pieces of the time. The baroque period spread all over Europe, large jewellery pins were embellished with curvilinear designs, breast ornaments were hugely popular the more fine and extravagant the jewellery the better. I must admit I find this period really exhilarating it was a case of the more jewellery the merrier, the bigger and more ornate the better. The pieces were extravagant! Pearl necklaces were a fashionable neck ornament, pearls were threaded into chockers not unlike Chanels take on the look now, multi-stranded pearls on rope were layered, large pendant embellished with gemstones in various different hues and fringed chockers were a must have. It was common for necklaces to be fastened with ribbon ties by the end of the century, however, they were fully ornamented jewel set fastenings. The baroque style was not short lived and spread through to the 18th century where jewellery pieces referred to art and architecture. Baroque was more characterised with the use of creamy and pastel hues that hadn’t seen before the turn of the century. Curves and golds were still the main focus throughout. In France the movement had a slightly different take the trend was to wear low cut garments making the necklace the most standout piece of the outfit. Diamonds were prised for boosting beauty and elegance. The baroque fashion movement will be making a comeback this winter; I will certainly be joining will you?