Victorian jewelry belongs to the Victorian era during the reign of Queen Victoria and it differs from other types of jewelry that belong to other periods of time. Victorian jewelry is known for its delicate details, complicated designs, figurative motifs, classic decorations and using precious and non-precious stones and unusual materials in addition to other features that still inspire us till now and appears in the different jewelry pieces that we wear nowadays. It is difficult to find that there are two Victorian jewelry pieces which are the same as there were different metals, styles and gemstones which were used for creating these Victorian jewelry pieces. The most common metal that was used during the Victorian age for creating different Victorian jewelry pieces is gold whether it is rose or yellow. Colorful gemstones were used for adorning jewelry pieces and giving them their special and unique look. Among the precious stones that were used for encrusting the Victorian jewelry, you can find diamonds, rubies, pearls, topaz, sapphires, zircon, emeralds and more precious stones that make the Victorian jewelry more valuable. You can also find other natural materials such as tortoise shell, lava, ivory, vulcanite jet and bog oak.
Most of the Victorian jewelry pieces that were created during the reign of Queen Victoria were affected by her taste, feelings towards her husband and children whom they loved very much and the Victorian jewelry is also affected by Queen Victoria’s love for nature and gardening. All of these things were reflected by the Victorian jewelry that was designed and created during the reign of Queen Victoria as it features bows, hearts, love knots and birds, clasped hands, birds, flowers, trees and romantic sayings that express love for her husband. The Victorian jewelry was also affected by Queen Victoria’s sadness that happened after her husband’s death which was unexpected and this appeared in the mourning or black jewelry which are adorned with black and dark stones whether they are precious or non-precious.
The most expensive Victorian jewelry is the Etruscan style which is based on granulation technique as the gold is granulated in the form of tiny beads to be used for decorating the Victorian jewelry pieces of this style instead of using different types of decorative stones. There were different types of Victorian jewelry that were common during the reign of Queen Victoria as the jewelry pieces that were available at that time were not limited to rings, earrings, necklaces and bracelets, but they also included anklets, bangles, diamond pendants, hair combs, pins, cuffs, armlets and chokers.
Getting these fascinating Victorian jewelry is not impossible as there are different sources which allow you to get such unique pieces of jewelry that reflect wealth and beauty. You can find the Victorian jewelry at online stores and auctions, offline stores and auctions, antique stores and such type of jewelry is usually passed by the mother to her daughter through generations.