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Georgian era jewellery is mostly handmade and very rare. Often featuring nature inspired designs such as leaves and birds, and including precious stones. Memento Mori jewellery was also popular at the time (meaning ”remember you will die”) and it was quite morbid, featuring skull motifs and coffins.
The early Victorians were sentimental folk and this was reflected in their feminine, delicate designs with an emphasis on filigree gold. Key symbols included hearts, flowers, lovebirds, ivy, knots, bows, and snakes. Also popular were REGARD and DEAREST rings with each stone representing a letter from the word. After Prince Albert’s death, not only Queen Victoria but also the whole country went into mourning and this was reflected in the change to more sombre jewellery. Pieces comprising onyx or jet became popular and designs became larger and chunkier.
This was a wonderfully extravagant time during the reign of Edward the 7th. Brooches, necklaces, collars, pendants & earrings were lavishly decorated with gemstones. Diamonds were the essential accessory for the Edwardian lady and were made up into fine delicate pieces to reflect the fashions of lace, silk and feathers.