On the cusp of the twentieth century, there was a design-boom featuring romanticized opulent ornamentation. It was a time of fleeting peace between wars when humanity came together to celebrate nature and invoked it in art. This period is known as Belle Époque which is French in origin to mean beautiful era.
During this time industry and technology progressed tremendously, making things that were for the wealthy elite more accessible to everyone. A surge of knowledge and prosperity trickled down to create a middle class that enjoyed the decadence of new inventions.
Clothing styles changed to be less practical and more fashionable. These new delicate pastel colored fabrics needed lighter more whimsical jewelry to adorn them. Platinum was introduced and articulated into delicate latticework to replace the heavier silver used during the Victorian era.