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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, Emerald & Diamond Two Row Carved Half Hoop Ring

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

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  • Large 18ct Gold Victorian Heart Shaped With Black Enamel & Natural Split Pearls “Forget Me Not” Flower By Edwin Streeter

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  • Victorian Silver Basket of Flowers Design Oval Locket

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  • Victorian Double Stripe Silver Locket

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  • Victorian 18ct Gold Ruby & Diamond Rub Over Ring

    £1,500
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  • Victorian 18ct Gold Natural Pearl & Garnet Double Heart Ring

    £2,850
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  • Victorian 9ct Gold Fancy Link Guard Chain

    £1,875
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  • Victorian Scottish 18ct Gold Target Brooch Set With a Citrine

    £1,875
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  • Victorian Silver Collar With Acorn Drops

    £975
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  • Victorian Banded Onyx Bead Necklace

    £1,875
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  • Victorian 18ct Gold, Ruby & Diamond Cluster Ring

    £1,275
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  • Victorian 15ct Gold & Emerald Drop Earrings

    £1,275
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  • Victorian 15ct Gold & Natural Split Pearl Necklace with Swallows & a Heart

    £1,875
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  • Victorian Silver Albertina Bracelet

    £375
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  • Victorian 18ct Gold Five Stone Ruby Carved Half Hoop Ring

    £1,875
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  • Victorian 15ct Gold & Royal Blue & White Enamel Pendant Set With a Forget Me Not Flower in Diamonds

    £1,275
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  • Edwardian 15ct Gold Heart Locket Set With a Diamond

    £1,275
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  • Victorian 15ct Gold Five Stone Diamond Bangle

    £1,875
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  • Victorian Diamond & Natural Split Pearl Bangle

    £1,275
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  • Victorian 15ct Gold, Diamond & Ruby Bangle

    £975
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  • Victorian Sapphire & Diamond Crescent Brooch

    £1,875
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  • Victorian Ruby, Diamond & Natural Pearl Crescent Brooch

    £1,875
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  • Victorian Silver & Paste Butterfly “Tremblant” Brooch and Hair Ornament in Original Case

    £1,275
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  • Victorian 18ct Gold, Ruby & Diamond Triple Cluster Ring

    £1,875
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  • Victorian 18ct Gold Double Row Diamond Ring

    £2,950
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  • Victorian Rose Diamond, Ruby & Sapphire Caduceus Brooch

    £2,250
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  • Victorian Silver Butterfly Drop Earrings

    £675
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  • Victorian 18ct Gold, Banded Sardonyx & Rose Diamond Ring

    £1,275
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  • Victorian 18ct Gold & Shield Shaped Bloodstone Signet Ring

    £1,275
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  • Victorian 15ct Gold Monkey Seal With a Bloodstone Base Engraved “Emeline”

    £675
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  • French 18ct Gold & Diamond Set , Nineteenth Century Dragon Brooch

    £1,275
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  • Edwardian 9ct Gold Sovereign Case Pendant

    £1,275
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  • Agate & Gold Tie Pin With Symbols

    £150
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  • Victorian 15ct Gold & Almandine Garnet Drop Earrings

    £1,875
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  • 15ct Gold Ring Set With an Old Mine Cut Diamond

    £1,875
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  • Edwardian 18ct Gold Five Stone Diamond Ring

    £1,275
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  • Victorian 15ct Gold Claw Set Diamond Cluster Ring

    £2,250
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  • Victorian 15ct Two Colour Gold Collar

    £2,250
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  • Art Nouveau Sapphire Diamond & Ruby Trefoil Ring

    £1,875
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  • Victorian Cabochon Garnet Oval Brooch

    £175
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  • Victorian Gold & Silver & Turquoise Bow & Heart Brooch

    £1,275
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  • Victorian 9ct Back & Front Oval Locket Set With Split Pearls & Turquoise

    £150
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  • Victorian 18ct Gold Old Mine Cut Diamond Solitaire Ring

    £2,950
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  • Victorian Silver & Paste Star Pendant

    £250
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  • Victorian Silver Snake Chain

    £375
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  • Victorian Oval Silver Bird Motif Locket on The Original Silver Chain

    £495
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  • Edwardian Silver & Gold Overlay Name Brooch “Mother”

    £85
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  • Victorian Silver & Gold Overlay Name Brooch “Annie”

    £85
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  • Victorian Silver Name Brooch “Annie”

    £95
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  • Victorian 18ct Gold Five Stone Turquoise Ring

    £825
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  • Victorian 18ct Gold Black Enamel & Natural Split Pearl Opening Mourning Ring

    £850
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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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  • 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 “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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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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