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One of the most influential social and fashion icons of her time, Queen Victoria ascended to the English throne in 1837.Learn More >>
One of the most influential social and fashion icons of her time, Queen Victoria ascended to the English throne in 1837. The early part of her reign is known as the Romantic period, during her courtship and marriage to Prince Albert. Jewelry design reveled in symbols of love, including flowers, hearts, and snakes.
Victoria’s beloved Albert died in 1861, plunging the whole country into an extended period of mourning. Black jewelry grew in popularity, incorporating Whitby jet, onyx, enamel, and even black glass. Mid-Victorian jewelry was also influenced by historic and exotic designs as travel and archeological finds expanded England’s foothold and knowledge of the world. Etruscan granulation, Greek amphorae, and stylized Asian patterns adorned necklaces, earrings, and bracelets.
The end of the 19th century saw the onset of the Industrial Revolution and mass production. Simple jewelry set with seed pearls, colored gems, and small diamonds was constructed in lower karat gold to be affordable for all women. When Victoria’s long reign drew to a close in the 1890s, jewelry was more popular than ever and seen across all levels of society.
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