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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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  • 18ct Gold French Lorgnettes

    £1,875
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  • Late Victorian 18ct Gold & Bloodstone Signet Ring With a Cockerel Intaglio

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

    £2,250
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  • Victorian 15ct Gold, Oval Pale Aquamarine Tie Pin

    £195
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  • Victorian 18ct Gold Sapphire & Diamond Five Stone Carved Half Hoop Ring

    £1,875
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  • Pair of 15ct Gold Nautical Brooches With Lantern in Original Case

    £1,275
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  • Victorian 15ct Gold Collar

    £2,950
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  • Victorian 15ct Gold Emerald & Natural Split Pearl Pendant With Star Motif

    £1,875
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  • Victorian 15ct Gold “Regard” Ring

    £1,275
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  • Victorian 9ct Gold Chain

    £475
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  • Victorian 9ct Gold Chain

    £375
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  • Victorian 18ct Gold, Diamond and Pink Spinel Cluster Ring

    £3,950
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  • Victorian Silver & Agate Horn brooch

    £975
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  • Victorian Gold & Agate Scottish Horn Brooch

    £1,500
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  • Victorian Scottish Gold & Agate Bracelet

    £2,250
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  • Victorian 18ct Gold, Sapphire & Diamond Carved Half Hoop Five Stone Ring

    £2,950
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  • Victorian 15ct Gold & Almandine Garnet Tie Pin

    £150
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  • Victorian 9ct Gold Signet Ring With a Bloodstone Intaglio of Hermes

    £1,275
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  • Victorian 18ct Gold & Diamond Horseshoe Tie Pin

    £250
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  • Victorian 18ct Gold Onyx & Natural Split Pearl Tie Pin

    £250
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  • Victorian “Tie The Knot” Blue Enamel & 15ct Gold Tie Pin

    £225
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  • Victorian 18ct Gold, Banded Onyx , Platted Hair & Rose Diamond Tie Pin

    £450
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  • Victorian Silver & Gold “Pietra Dura” Tie Pin With Flowers Motif

    £250
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  • Victorian Small Gold Cased Seal With Bloodstone Base

    £195
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  • Victorian Gold Cased Small Seal With Bloodstone Base With Griffin & Crown Intaglio

    £195
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  • Victorian Vauxhall Glass Bug Brooch

    £675
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  • Victorian 18ct Gold, Ruby & Diamond Three Stone Carved Half Hoop Ring

    £1,650
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  • Victorian 15ct Gold & Cabochon Garnet Bracelet in Original Case

    £2,250
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  • Victorian 15ct Gold Turquoise & Diamond Pave Set Heart Pendant

    £1,425
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  • Victorian 18ct Gold & Coral Drop Earrings

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

    £3,500
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  • Early Victorian 15ct Gold Heart Pendant

    £675
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  • Victorian Silver Collar

    £375
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  • Victorian Silver & Gold Overlay Locket With A Bird & Butterfly

    £450
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  • Victorian Silver & Paste Bow Brooch

    £150
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  • Victorian 18ct Gold, Diamond & Sapphire Carved Half Hoop Ring

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

    £675
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  • Victorian 15ct Gold & Ruby Tie Pin

    £350
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  • Victorian Etruscan Work Silver Bangle

    £525
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  • Victorian 18ct Gold &Agate Tie Pin

    £175
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  • Victorian 15ct Gold & Garnet Tie Pin

    £125
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  • Large 18ct Gold Victorian Heart Shaped With Black Enamel & Natural Split Pearls “Forget Me Not” Flower By Edwin Streeter

    £3,500
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  • Victorian Silver Basket of Flowers Design Oval Locket

    £250
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  • Victorian 18ct Gold Claw Tie Pin Set With a Garnet

    £450
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  • Victorian Double Stripe Silver Locket

    £295
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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 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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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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