History of Victorian Style Jewelry

The Victorian Era is named for Queen Victoria (1819-1901) who ruled from 1837 until her death. She was a beloved monarch who was a huge influencer on all styles of the day.

Victorian is a time period that many are familiar with, or have at least heard of. There are three periods within the Victorian style. Let’s explore them.

The early Romantic period from the 1830’s to 1860’s was full of natural motifs in silver and gold. During this time clear stones were only worn during the day and colored stones by night.

In the 1860’s we entered a mourning period that lasted until the 1890’s. This is the part of the Victorian phase is the one that most attribute to Victorian style. It was characterized by a lot of black onyx, jet, and garnet in heavy styles.

The last period of Victorian was an aesthetic phase that included more feminine motifs and floral designs. These pieces highlighted zircon, sapphires, rubies, and of course diamonds.

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