General Information on Medieval Styles
Medieval styles and shapes can principly be seen nowadays in church buildings. The style refers to art and architectural work that took place between 1000 and 1600 so covers Norman architecture, Gothic styles and Jacobean buildings. Typical shapes used were Norman arches (curved tops), Gothic arches (pointed tops), quatrefoils (similar to the 4 leaf clover) and decorative tracery.
Medieval styles have been revived throughout history, often as an attempt to work against modernistic styles of the period. For example the medieval style was revived in the middle of the 18th centuary principally as an alternative to the straight lines of classical style. It found its way back into use again at the end of the 19th and beginning of the 20th century in Victorian architecture and heavily influenced tha advocants of Art Nouveau styles such as William Morris.
Using the ideas of medieval styles in your engagement ring allows you to consider decorative curves and interesting curved shapes. During your design appointment, your designer will talk through this style in detail with you if you like and together you can come up with a design that includes these styles yet works as a strong design that will stand the test of time.
If you are interested in the ancient, then we have recently designed a number of engagement and wedding rings for archeologists using a hammered or 'just dug up' look.
Please contact us if you have any questions or would like to arrange a design consultation.