Literally "Beautiful Age". Name given in France to the period from roughly the end of the Franco-Prussian War (1871) to the start of World War 1 (1914), in which standards of living and security for the upper and middle classes increased, leading to it retrospectively being labelled as a golden age by them. Equates loosely to the “Gilded Age” of the USA, and can be used in reference to other western and central European countries for the same period and reasons (e.g. Germany).
FONSEQUE & OLIVE An Impressive Belle Epoque Brooch / Pendant Gold Silver Plique-à-jour enamel Emerald Diamond Pearl H: 9 cm (3.54 in) W: 5.25 cm (2.07 in) Marks: French assay mark & 'FO' monogram. French, c.1905