Autumn Style Watch: Victorian Jewellery

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Victorian diamond and gemstone bracelet, English, circa 1890.
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Friday 10th September 2010

Fall officially arrived the twenty-second of September, and the latest jewellery trend, donned by such celebrities as Sienna Miller and featured in top fashion magazines like British Vogue, is jewellery from the Victorian era (1837-1901). 

Though a diverse style, the most popular Victorian pieces at the moment are dainty gold designs with whimsical themes--diminutive bows, stars, moons, hearts, arrows, flowers, insects, and animals, to name a few.  Forms include bracelets, brooches, rings, pendants, and lockets. They often feature numerous, small, classic gemstones—diamonds, rubies, emeralds, sapphires, pearls, and turquoise for example—many of which had symbolic significance to the Victorians; rubies were a symbol of passionate love, turquoise true love, pearls chastity, and emeralds faithfulness.  Some of the designs also held sentimental meaning—love birds, particularly swallows, bows or ‘love knots’, words such as souvenir , meaning ‘remember’, and of course hearts.

These jewels make an ideal romantic gift for the fashion-conscious woman, are affordable enough to treat one’s self, and, unlike other fashions which come and go, will remain a rare and increasingly valuable keepsake.

Antique pearl bird brooch berganza hatton garden
Antique pearl bird brooch, English, circa 1880.
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Victorian diamond drop earrings berganza hatton garden
Victorian diamond drop earrings, circa 1880.
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