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Victorian Jewelry

Step into the opulent world of Victorian jewelry (1837-1901). Rich symbolism, ornate designs, and the use of gemstones characterize this era. Discover pieces that capture the essence of sentimentality and historical grandeur.

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Named after Queen Victoria who is one of the most important people in the history of jewelry. The Victorian era featured lots of black and white. Think yellow metal, white diamonds, and black stones, in addition to agates, turquoise and synthetic colored stones, pearls, turquoise, and coral. Victoria famously wore black for 10 years after her husband Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha died. This created what we know as ‘mourning jewelry’. Snakes were hugely popular and contrary to the popular view on snakes, they were viewed as a good luck signal. Sub-eras of the Victorian era are known as romantic, grand, and aesthetic. Other motifs included flowers, insects, bugs, hearts, lockets, and crescent shapes.

Victorian Jewelry FAQs

Victorian era jewelry, spanning from 1837 to 1901, showcased intricate designs featuring symbolic motifs like hearts, flowers, and snakes. Popular gemstones included diamonds, pearls, and colored gemstones. Lockets, mourning jewelry, and intricate cameos were also prevalent during this period.

How can you tell if jewelry is Victorian?

To identify Victorian jewelry, look for intricate designs, handcrafted details, and the use of specific gemstones like diamonds, pearls, and colored stones. Hallmarks, if present, can offer clues to the piece’s authenticity. Additionally, the popularity of certain motifs like flowers, hearts, and serpents is indicative of the Victorian era. We are always happy to help and try to identify your pieces, seeing them in person is best, but we will do our best from pictures and information you provide.

Is Victorian jewelry worth anything?

Victorian jewelry can hold significant value, especially if it’s well-preserved and features high-quality craftsmanship. Factors such as rarity, provenance, and the use of precious materials contribute to its worth in the market.

What are the different types of Victorian jewelry?

Victorian jewelry, spanning 1837 to 1901, includes diverse styles. Early pieces featured sentimental designs like lockets and mourning jewelry. Mid-Victorian embraced bold gemstones with nature motifs, while late Victorian pieces, influenced by the Aesthetic Movement, showcased simplicity. Common forms included cameos, brooches, and bracelets crafted from precious metals adorned with diamonds, pearls, and vibrant gemstones, reflecting evolving tastes during this transformative era.

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