1920s

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After the First World War, Europe experienced a real sense of liberation. The 1920s was marked by a necessity to live each day as if it were your last and to escape the atrocities of war. Woman’s role in society had irrevocably changed and with this came a revolution of style too. The fashion world saw the arrival of the flapper dress, the bob hair-style was dominant, and fluidity ruled. The intricate designs of the Belle E´poque would not suit the popular demand for more masculine lines and the trends moved from tiaras to bandeaus, sautoirs were often worn down the back rather than front, and bracelets were worn piled up on each wrist. It was also a time of travel and exploration. The discovery of Tutankhamun in 1922 resulted in a wave of Egypt-inspired jewels. The fascination with India continued producing many brightly-coloured jewels of exotic inspiration using the traditional Indian style of carving patterns onto stones and using buff-top gem-stones or beads. The Far East gave birth to styles incorporating dragons, pagodas and Chinese characters using jade and mother-of-pearl.