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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.
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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 Silver, Garnet & Paste Brooch

    £675
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  • Georgian Gold Cased Seal with Carnelian Base

    £150
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  • Georgian Flat Cut Garnet Pansy Earrings

    £1,875
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  • Georgian En Tremblant 18ct Gold Hairpin, in original case

    £2,500
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  • Georgian Gold Cased Seal With Chalcedony Base

    £295
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  • Regency 15ct Gold Turquoise & Pearl Ring

    £975
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  • Georgian Tiny 15ct Gold Seal with Amethyst Base with Monogram

    £175
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  • Georgian Almandine Garnet Flower Brooch

    £475
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  • Georgian 15ct Gold & Sample Agate Bracelet

    £1,875
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  • Georgian Silver & Paste Flower Brooch

    £375
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  • Regency 15ct Gold & Opal Five Stone Ring

    £1,275
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  • William 1V 18ct Gold & Natural Bouton Pearl Ring

    £1,875
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  • Pair Berlin Iron Bracelets

    £3,500
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  • Georgian Gold Cased Seal With Grey Chalcedony Base with “M L” Monogram

    £250
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  • Regency 15ct Gold “Regard” Ring

    £1,425
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  • Georgian 15ct Gold, Garnet & Natural Split Pearl Ring

    £975
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  • Georgian Silver & Paste Triple Drop Brooch

    £675
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  • Georgian 15ct Gold, Topaz & Emerald Tie Pin

    £450
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  • Georgian Silver & Coloured Paste Tie Pin of a Bug

    £250
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  • Georgian 18ct Gold Cased Seal With Rock Crystal Base With Dog & Pheasant Intaglio

    £675
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  • Georgian Gold Cased Seal With a Carnelian Base With Monogram “A E”

    £295
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  • Georgian 18ct Gold Cased Seal With Grey Chalcedony Base With “Entre Nous” Engraved

    £375
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  • Georgian 18ct Gold Cased Seal With Carnelian Base With Monogram “J W W”

    £375
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  • Regency 18ct Gold Ruby, Natural Split Pearl & Amethyst Pendant & Brooch

    £1,875
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  • Georgian Gold Blue Glass & Paste Firmament Ring

    £1,875
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  • Georgian Pink Foiled Rock Crystal Tie Pin

    £75
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  • Georgian Gold & Agate Butterfly Brooch

    £975
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  • Georgian 15ct Gold & Foiled Amethyst Tie Pin

    £150
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  • Late Georgian 15ct Gold & Turquoise Heart Shaped “Forget Me Not” Pendant

    £675
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  • Georgian Gold Memorial Ring With Two Doves

    £2,250
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  • Early 19th Century 15ct Gold & Natural Split Pearl Swiss Enamel Brooch of Children Playing With a Dog

    £1,875
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  • Georgian Gold & Flat Cut Garnet, Maltese Cross Pendant & Brooch

    £2,250
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  • Regency 15ct Gold & Turquoise “Forget Me Not” Ring

    £675
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  • Regency Two Colour 15ct Gold Seal With “Mary” Engraved on a Citrine Base

    £675
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  • Georgian 9ct Gold & Flat Cut Garnet Lace Brooch

    £375
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  • Georgian Flat Cut Garnet Round Earrings

    £825
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  • Georgian 15ct Gold Turquoise Cluster Ring With Thistle Detail on the Shank

    £1,125
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  • Georgian Rose Diamond Flower Cluster Ring

    £1,875
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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 9ct Gold & Black Enamel 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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  • 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 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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  • 18ct Gold & White Enamel Georgian Memorial Ring

    £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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  • 9ct Gold Georgian Black Enamel & Pearl 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 Gold & Almandine Garnet Pansy Brooch

    £975
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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 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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