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The Georgian era spanned the reigns of the first four Hanoverian Kings of England Georges I, II, III and IV and is broken into the Palladian, Early and late Georgian periods. It was a period of change which saw a rise in social and cultural awareness.
George I
George II
George III
George IV
The foundations of the burgeoning British Empire were laid during the Georgian period. Representatives abroad were encouraged to build British strongholds overseas through the development of political power and private wealth.
The Georgian period was a watershed moment as printing evolved and books became widely available. Literacy improved dramatically and newspapers were established along Fleet Street. The arts blossomed, style gradually became lighter and colours softer until eventually it evolved to become Regency. The delicacy and harmony associated with Georgian style reflects the mood of the time: romantic, poetic and pretty.
The focus on high art and architecture was influenced in part by the Grand Tour around Europe – a seasonal custom for the Upper Classes. There is a clear influence of Oriental art and architecture with references to the exotic indicating wealth and cultural breadth. People went as far as importing wallpaper, laquerwork, porcelain and fans from the Far East to incorporate into elegant interiors.
A fascinating showcase of the development of Georgian architecture can be found at the Geffrye Museum in London. Another visit worth making is to the Sir John Soane’s Museum in Lincoln’s Inn Fields. He held an open house for students of the Royal Academy to access his extensive collection which soon became known as an Academy of Architecture.

Repoussé Galore

Repoussé, meaning ‘pushed back’ was a technique used to give shape and detail by hammering on the reverse of a piece of jewellery. Each piece was handcrafted; the back of a piece of well made Georgian jewellery will look almost as good as the front.

Georgian Repousse

Georgian Gems

Garnets, pearls, turquoise, amethyst and roughly hewn diamonds were all popular. Setters used foil backing so light could dance through roughly hewn stones.

Georgian Gemstones

Naturalistic Designs

Distinguishing features of Georgian Jewellery are flowers, insects, birds and feathers.

Georgian Naturalistic

The Rise of the Diamond

In the first half of the 18th century the demand for white stones grew. Diamonds were cut with increasing sophistication and the period saw the introduction of the ‘brilliant’ and ‘rose’ cut. Paste, rock crystal and marcasite were used as colourless alternatives to diamonds. Paste was worn across the board.

In the Early 19th century Napoleon’s coronation crown set with cameo’s started a craze for cameo brooches and earrings.

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  • Georgian Wide Decorated 18ct Gold Band

    £1,550
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  • Georgian Natural Split Pearl & Rose Diamond Mourning Ring

    £375
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  • Georgian Memorial Ring

    £375
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  • Georgian 18ct Gold & Topaz Pendant on Chain

    £1,875
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  • Georgian Flat Cut Garnet & Natural Split Pearl Ring

    £675
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  • Georgian Two Colour Gold, Pearl, Ruby & Emerald Cluster Ring With Acorns on the Shoulders

    £1,275
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  • Early 19th Century Silver Ornate Guard Chain

    £675
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  • Georgian Pinchbeck & Emerald Green Paste Necklace

    £2,950
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  • Georgian Cut Steel & Cabochon Red Glass Drop Earrings

    £675
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  • Georgian Rose Diamond Cluster Ring

    £3,500
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  • Georgian 18ct Gold Turquoise & Topaz Ring

    £1,275
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  • Regency Amethyst ​& 18ct Gold Pendant

    £975
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  • Georgian Long Drop Gold Cannetille Earrings

    £2,250
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  • Georgian Royal Blue Enamel ​& Diamond Navette Shaped Ring

    £2,950
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  • Georgian 15ct Gold Flat Cut Garnet ​& Natural Split Pearl Ring

    £675
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  • 15ct Gold & Enamel Georgian Memorial Ring

    £675
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  • Georgian Memorial Ring Dated 1776

    £1,250
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  • Gold & Vauxhall Glass Georgian Mourning Ring

    £675
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  • Georgian Cut Steel Flowers Necklace

    £1,875
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  • Georgian Mourning Ring

    £675
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  • French Early 19th Century 18ct Gold Faceted Gold Long Hoop Earrings

    £825
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  • Georgian Oval Amethyst & Rose Diamond Ring

    £2,250
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  • Georgian Ruby & Sapphire Double Heart Ring With Diamond Set Crown Top

    £2,950
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  • Georgian Gold & Almandine Garnet Pansy Brooch

    £975
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  • Georgian 15ct Gold Seal with Carnelian Intaglio of an Owl in a Tree

    £195
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  • Late Georgian Two Colour 15ct Gold Botanical Brooch With White Coral Flower & Bird

    £1,275
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  • Late 18th Century French 18ct Gold, Garnet & Diamond Vinaigrette Pendant

    £1,875
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  • Large 18th Century French Silver Buckle With Bow Design

    £375
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  • Georgian Botanical Two Colour Gold & Coral Flower Brooch

    £1,275
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  • Georgian Double Row Old Mine Cut Diamond Ring

    £2,500
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  • Georgian Two Colour Gold Lyre Brooch Set With Turquoise & Pink Tourmaline

    £1,275
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  • Georgian Three Colour Gold Miniature Quizzing Glass

    £675
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  • Georgian Almandine Garnet & Natural Split Pearl 9ct Gold Mourning Brooch

    £375
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  • Georgian 18ct Gold Ruby & Diamond Ring

    £1,875
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  • Regency 15ct Gold & Woven Hair Drop Earrings

    £1,875
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  • Georgian Gold & Grey Chalcedony Seal With Crest Intaglio

    £375
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  • Georgian Seal With Amethyst Base Engraved with Initials “A.M.A”

    £375
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  • Georgian 18ct Gold & Carnelian Seal Engraved with “Sincerite”

    £675
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  • French 18th Century Silver & Diamond Pendant

    £1,875
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  • Georgian Gold Cased King Charles Spaniel Seal

    £825
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  • Georgian Emerald, Ruby , Diamond & Topaz Giardinetti Brooch

    £3,500
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  • Early 19th Century 9ct Gold Lantern Guard Chain

    £2,500
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  • Triple Sided Georgian Gold Seal

    £875
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  • Georgian Gold Cased & Chalcedony Seal With Monogram

    £250
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  • Georgian Paste Set Cluster ​& Pear shaped Drop Earrings

    £1,275
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  • Georgian 15ct Gold, Turquoise & Natural Split Pearl Ring

    £975
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  • Georgian 18ct Three Colour Gold “Forget Me Not” Ring

    £1,875
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  • Georgian Silver & Gold Paste Cluster Earrings

    £975
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  • French Early 19th Century Silver & Foiled Paste Cross

    £675
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  • Georgian Large Rose Diamond & Royal Blue Enamel Rose Ring

    £6,750
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  • Georgian Seven Strand Seed Pearl Necklace with Gold & Cabochon Garnet Clasp

    £1,875
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  • Georgian Flat Cut Almandine Garnet Flower Brooch

    £675
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  • Georgian 18ct Gold, Carved Sardonyx of a Butterfly & Natural Split Pearls Mourning Ring

    £1,875
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  • Georgian 18ct Gold & Banded Onyx Drop Earrings

    £1,275
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  • Georgian Blue Glass & Seed Pearl Navette Shaped Pendant in Original Case

    £1,875
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  • Grand Tour Georgian Carved Intaglio & Lapis Lazuli Ring

    £1,275
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  • Georgian Hessanite Garnet & Diamond Ring

    £1,875
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  • 15ct Gold Regency Swiss Enamel Miniature Ring

    £975
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  • Georgian 18ct Gold Rose Diamond & Hardstone Cameo Ring

    £3,750
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  • Georgian Precious Topaz & Natural Split Pearl Oval Earrings

    £2,950
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Georgian Jewellery 1714-1830

Georgian Jewellery 1714-1830

by Ginny Redington, Tom Dawes and Olivia Collings
Antique Collectors’ Club Ltd, 2007

Marks of London Goldsmiths & Silversmiths

Marks of London Goldsmiths and Silversmiths: Georgian Period, c.1697-1837

by John P. Fallon
David & Charles, 1972

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Design and the Decorative Arts: Georgian Britain 1714-1837

by Michael Snodin and John Styles
V&A Publishing, 2007

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