Georgian Jewellery: Classical British Style


Georgian aquamarine pendant brooch, circa 1810.
Georgian aquamarine pendant brooch, circa 1810.
Ref: 14943

Saturday 10th April 2010

The Georgian era, spanning from 1714 to 1837, is defined as encompassing the reigns of the five Kings of the United Kingdom descended from the House of Hanover, which includes George I, George II, George III, George IV, and often William IV, younger brother of George IV. 

Due to this relatively broad timeframe, Georgian jewellery includes many stylistic trends.  That said, because the period falls just before the Industrial Revolution and all its technological advances, Georgian jewellery can frequently be distinguished by its antique gemstone cuts, closed back settings, delicate painted enamels, and fine, hand-wrought metal work, often utilising a contrast of silver and various colours of gold.  In addition to excellence in materials and methods, Georgian designs are overall classical in flavour--symmetrical, balanced, and refined. Whatever the form, each piece is a rare survival from an age which encompassed the lives of such illustrious historical figures such as Dr. Samuel Johnson, Robert Adam, George Frederic Handel, the Duke of Wellington, and Jane Austen.

Please see our ‘Design Periods’ section of the website for more information on the history and jewellery of the Georgian period.

Georgian rose cut diamond heart ring, circa 1770.
Georgian rose cut diamond heart ring, circa 1770.
Ref: 14389
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Georgian ruby and emerald mandolin brooch/pendant locket, circa 1830.
Ref: 14898
front-view-Georgian amethyst mourning ring, 1764.
Georgian amethyst mourning ring, 1764.
Ref: 14845
Georgian guard chain, circa 1820.
Georgian guard chain, circa 1820.
Ref: 14897
Georgian diamond coronet cluster ring, circa 1800.
Georgian diamond coronet cluster ring, circa 1800.
Ref: 14876
Georgian pair of rose diamond earrings in silver and gold circa 1800.
Georgian pair of rose diamond earrings in silver and gold circa 1800.
Ref: 9270
Georgian old mine diamond ring in silver and gold, circa 1790.
Georgian old mine diamond ring in silver and gold, circa 1790.
Ref: 14382
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Georgian citrine cross with cannetille decoration, circa 1820.
Ref: 14404
front view Antique diamond and pearl 'urn' memorial ring, circa 1780.
Antique diamond and pearl 'urn' memorial ring, circa 1780.
Ref: 14282
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Georgian enameled gold memorial ring, English, circa 1807.
Ref: 22359
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Georgian antique ruby and diamond ring, circa 1820.
Ref: 22422

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