Victorian Jewelry (Circa 1840-1890)
The second day of our 'Antique Jewelry Primer' brings us to the Victorian era. Probably our collective favorite & the period which inspires us most in terms of our own aesthetic sensibility. Delicate, intricate motifs (often inspired by nature) prevailed with floral motifs and symbolic themes found on rings, lockets, brooches and earrings.
|Victorian Cameo Necklace|
Queen Victoria influenced much of the fashion of the world. By the mid century, and with the death of Prince Albert, the Queen went into a long period of mourning and black jewelry came into fashion. Jet jewelry is timeless and strikingly contemporary as it goes with so many of our own (current) fashion trends. Later in the century, silver jewelry again took its place as diamonds and pearl set jewelry were once more in style. The end of the Victorian Era saw a move towards color & light with jewelers invoking more feminine styles & brightening their designs with emeralds, sapphires & spinel.