Queen Victoria (1819-1901) Loved Jewelry

Posted by on Monday, November 14, 2016 · 1 Comment 

The 19th century witnessed a significant proliferation of jewelry available to both the common man and the aristocracy. New jewelry designs along with reproductions of ancient techniques of granulation, cloisonne enameling and filigree, use of multiple jewelry metals as well as the availability of diamonds, pearls and colored gemstones reached an all time high, influenced by the industrial revolution along with fabulous archeological discoveries in Greece, Cyprus and Italy. Flowers, branches, leaves, grapes, berries, crescents, swirls, scrollwork, rosettes all could be found in both common and aristocratic pieces. It was Queen Victoria herself and her love of these jewelry forms and gemstones who led by example, and her subjects in England and then many in Europe and America followed suit.

Pictured are original one-of-a-kind Victorian jewels available at Tom Tivol Jewels in Park Place and in my gallery.

Opal, one of the Queen’s favorite gems, became especially important after the discovery of the Australian opal fields in the 1870’s, as exemplified by the delicate gold and opal dangle earrings. The golden sapphire and diamond bow pin/pendant and the white gold, diamond and ruby fan pin from the Grand Period (1860-1885), the white cloisonne enamel and brown cairngorm (smokey quartz from Scotland) pendant necklace, the delicate pearl and diamond bow pin/pendant, the platinum, gold, diamond, Russian demantoid garnet and carved tiger-s’-eye quartz stick pin and the swirl pendant of gold and dangling freshwater pearls represent styles, techniques and gemstones tremendously popular during this time.

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  1. Julia Haley Hargus says:

    Love your jewelry! Especially love amethysts & diamonds!!!!

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