Celestial Motifs in Victorian Jewellery

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Antique ruby and diamond crescent brooch berganza hatton garden
Antique ruby and diamond crescent brooch, English, circa 1885.
Ref: 24592

Monday 29th February 2016

The bright light emanating from the stars has attracted people from time immemorial.  A Greek lyric poet Sappho wrote in 7th century B.C.:

"The stars about the lovely moon,

Fade back and vanish very soon,

When round and full, her silver face

Swims into sight, and lights all space."

The Victorian Grand period in jewellery was a time of expeditions, travels, and archaeological discoveries. A passion for history associated this period with a revival of ancient jewellery styles. This could be the reason why the mystical crescent moon and stars were often a source of inspiration for jewellery craftsmen during the Victorian period.

Circa 1860’s star motifs were carved into the tops of amethysts and garnets, as well as centred on brooches, bracelets and lockets. Our unique Victorian jewellery collection consists of necklaces, bracelets, brooches, earrings and rings decorated with beautiful designs in the form of crescents and stars. Each piece interpreted the star motif in their own way by creating numerous variations of designs. We have gathered a few of them in this gallery.

To explore the hidden language so beautifully expressed in timeless pieces, take a look at our full up-to-date Victorian jewellery collection on-line or visit our store.

 

 

Antique turquoise and rose diamond necklace berganza hatton garden
Antique turquoise and rose cut diamond necklace, circa 1870.
Ref: 13910
front view Victorian diamond and garnet drop earrings, circa 1870. berganza hatton garden
Victorian diamond and garnet drop earrings, circa 1870.
Ref: 21667
Victorian citrine and gold brooch, circa 1866. berganza hatton garden
Victorian citrine and gold brooch, circa 1866
Ref: 24520
front view Antique star ruby and diamond locket ring, circa 1860.
Antique star ruby and diamond locket ring, circa 1860.
Ref: 14998
front view Ornate ruby and diamond cross over ring, circa 1910.
Ornate ruby and diamond cross over ring, circa 1910.
Ref: 18212
front view Antique diamond three stone ring in yellow gold, circa 1890.
Antique diamond three stone ring in yellow gold, circa 1890.
Ref: 14152
front view Victorian diamond set family memorial ring, circa 1880.
Victorian diamond set family memorial ring, circa 1880.
Ref: 21335
front view Antique diamond and gold brooch by René Boivin French, circa 1900. berganza hatton garden
Antique diamond and gold brooch by René Boivin, French, circa 1900.
Ref: 21938
front view Antique natural pearl, ruby and diamond pin, circa 1900.
Antique natural pearl, ruby and diamond pin, circa 1900.
Ref: 20929
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