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The Victorian era lasted the 63 year reign of Queen Victoria, saw the vast expansion of the British Empire, the results of the Industrial Revolution and is regarded as an age of innovation and social development. Democracy, feminism, unionization of workers, socialism, Marxism, and other modern movements came about.
The sweeping description of the Victorians as “prudish,” “repressed” and “old fashioned” does not do justice to a diverse age of invention, expansion, scientific advance and exploration. It makes sense to break the Victorian era down into chunks.
Britain managed to build a vast empire during the Victorian period. It was also a time of profound change in London and abroad. In England, there was a demographic shift as people swapped their bucolic existence and instead chose to live and work in increasingly industrialized towns. The population doubled, demand increased and the British landscape evolved as new towns were built to accommodate the growing urban workforce.
In 64 years Britain became ruler to a quarter of the world’s population, and was the largest Empire in History. British troops were deployed to defend Britain in far flung corners of the Empire.
Developments in transport meant Victorians were able to travel by train to the seaside, we have all seen the photographs of holiday makers barrelling down the beach in stripy swimming costumes and bath caps. International travel also became faesible. At the start of the Victorian period sailing the Atlantic took up to eight weeks in ships 1901 it took a week in a steam boat! The Victorian age was a time of unprecedented change.

Flowers, trees, and bird motifs were all incorporated into early Victorian jewellery design. Delicate forms and intricate engraving were typical of the early Victorian era.  Later designs adopt the heavier aesthetic of the Gothic Revival.

Prince Albert’s death in 1861 cast a shadow over the nation. Jet mourning jewellery was all the rage; whitby Jet is considered the best quality.  Touching examples of commemoratory jewellery retracing the history of large dynasties is collected today.

Archeological digs in Egypt and Greece saw treasures being unearthed and copied by commercially minded jewellers. Mosaic, shells, fringes and rosettes were abundant.

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  • Victorian 18ct Gold Five Stone Diamond Carved Half Hoop Ring

    £1,875
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  • Victorian 15ct Gold & Bloodstone & Chalcedony Swivel Signet Ring

    £975
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  • Victorian 18ct Gold Oval Locket Set With a Diamond

    £975
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  • Victorian 18ct Gold Opal & Ruby Ring

    £825
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  • Victorian 15ct Gold & Cabochon Garnet Drop Earrings

    £1,275
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  • 18ct Gold Red & Green Enamel & Diamond Heart Shaped Ring

    £1,650
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  • Victorian Bog Oak & Stanhope Whistle Drop Earrings

    £675
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  • Victorian Silver & Gold Overlay Flowers Motif Locket

    £675
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  • Victorian Silver & Gold Overlay “V” Design Oval Locket

    £675
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  • Early Victorian 9ct Gold Lantern Link Guard Chain

    £2,500
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  • Victorian 12ct Gold, Garnet and Garnet Doublet Hearts Ring

    £975
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  • Victorian 18ct Gold, Sapphire & Diamond Carved Half Hoop Ring

    £1,875
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  • Victorian 18ct Gold Wide Snake Ring With Diamond Eyes

    £1,875
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  • Victorian 18ct Gold & Natural Pearl Ring

    £1,875
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  • Victorian 15ct Gold, Sapphire & Diamond Bangle

    £1,275
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  • Victorian Silver Gilt & Turquoise Tiara

    £375
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  • Early Victorian 15ct Gold Engraved Bracelet

    £1,275
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  • Victorian 15ct Gold Snake Bangle Set With Garnets

    £1,875
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  • Victorian 18ct Gold & Reverse Intaglio Rock Crystal Brooch of a Horse’s Head

    £1,875
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  • Victorian 18ct Gold Signet Ring of a Unicorn

    £975
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  • 18ct Gold & Diamond Queen Victoria Jubilee Brooch

    £1,950
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  • Victorian 18ct Gold, Silver, & Diamond Foliate Design Ring

    £2,250
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  • Victorian 18ct Gold, Sapphire & Diamond Cluster Ring

    £1,500
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  • Victorian 18ct Carved Half Hoop Sapphire ​& Diamond Three Stone Ring

    £2,250
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  • Victorian 18ct Gold Sapphire & Diamond Twist Ring

    £675
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  • Large Victorian Silver Scottish Agate & Citrine Brooch

    £975
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  • Victorian 18ct Gold, Turquoise Enamel & Pearls Brooch

    £1,875
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  • French Diamond Cluster Earrings

    £5,775
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  • Victorian 18ct Gold Reverse Intaglio Crystal Tie Pin of Rugby Players

    £675
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  • Victorian 18ct Gold, Rose Diamond ​& Oval Cabochon Garnet Ring

    £1,275
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  • Victorian 18ct Gold Garnet Cluster Ring

    £1,125
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  • Victorian 18ct Gold Rock Crystal Reverse Intaglio Tie pin of a Pheasant

    £975
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  • Victorian Poodle Chasing Ball Novelty Brooch

    £750
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  • Victorian 15ct Gold Knot Brooch in Original Box

    £1,875
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  • Dutch Rose Diamond Cluster Ring

    £2,950
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  • Victorian Diamond Spray Brooch ​& Pendant

    £2,500
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  • Victorian Cabochon Garnet & Diamond Ring

    £675
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  • Victorian 18ct Gold Amethyst Cabochon Intaglio Ring

    £975
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  • Victorian 18ct Gold Carved Half Hoop Five Stone Diamond Ring

    £3,950
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  • Victorian 9ct Gold Coral & Natural Split Pearl Marquise Ring

    £675
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  • Victorian Moonstone & Rose Diamond Ring

    £1,125
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  • Victorian Natural Pearl & Garnet Double Heart Ring

    £2,850
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  • Victorian 18ct Gold Diamond Cluster Ring

    £2,500
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  • Victorian Plaited Gold Ring

    £675
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  • Victorian 18ct Gold Boat Shaped Sapphire Diamond Ring

    £1,875
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  • 18ct Gold Wedding Band with Ivy Leaf Decoration

    £975
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  • 14ct Gold Carnelian Intaglio Ring of a Greek God

    £1,875
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  • Victorian 18ct Gold , Blue ​& White Enamel Opening Balloon Stick Pin

    £975
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  • Victorian Rock Crystal “Pools of Light” Necklace

    £975
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  • Victorian Silver “Aesthetic Period” Wide Bangle

    £475
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  • Victorian Silver Swallow Design Bangle

    £375
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  • Victorian Large Oval 15ct Gold Locket Set With Three Rose Diamonds

    £1,275
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  • Victorian Silver Oval Locket With Ivy Leaf Detail

    £295
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  • Victorian Silver Oval Locket With Overlap Detail

    £375
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  • Victorian Silver Locket With Layered Detail

    £375
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  • Victorian Oval Silver Locket With Diamond Detail

    £375
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  • Victorian 18ct Gold Miner’s Shovel ​& Nugget Brooch

    £675
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  • Victorian 18ct Gold Diamond & Natural Split Pearl Ring

    £975
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  • Hardstone Dancing Nymph 18ct Gold & Rose Diamond Victorian Ring

    £675
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  • Victorian Silver & Gold Overlay Flower Basket Locket

    £475
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Jewellery in the Age of Queen Victoria

Jewellery in the Age of Queen Victoria: A Mirror to the World

by Charlotte Gere & Judy Rudoe
British Museum Press, 2010

Victorian Jewellery: Unexplored Treasures

Victorian Jewellery: Unexplored Treasures (Modern arts movements)

by Corinne Davidov and Ginny Redington Dawes
Abbeville Press, 1991

Scottish Jewellery: A Victorian Passion

Scottish Jewellery: A Victorian Passion

by Diana Scarisbrick
Five Continents Editions, 2009

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Victorian Silver Novelty Jewellery, Names and Mottoes

by Pamela M. CauntArbras (October 2010)

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Whitby Jet

by Helen Muller
Shire Library, 2009

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Miller’s Costume Jewellery

by Judith Miller
Miller’s Publications, 2010

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