Victorian Seed Pearl Brooch / Pendant Flower
Old Cut 1.10cts Diamond Pendant
Old Cut 0.57cts Diamond Pendant
Emerald and Diamond Three Stone Ring
Victorian Five Stone Drop Earrings
Victorian Diamond 'Lovers Entwined Hearts' Brooch
Victorian Turquoise Enameled Locket and Chain
Victorian Agate and Silver Bracelet
Victorian Sapphire, Diamond and Gold Bracelet
Victorian Natural Seed Pearl Bangle
Victorian Hinged Buckle Bangle with Sapphire and Diamonds
Victorian Marquise Shaped Ring
Victorian Lovers Knot Ring
Victorian Ruby, Sapphire, Diamond and Pearl set Jewelled Wishbone Brooch
Victorian Natural Pearl Necklace, Pendant and Brooch Set in Original Box
Victorian Hardstone Cornelian Cameo Brooch
Victorian Five Stone 'Boat' Ring
Cushion Old Cut Cluster Ring
The Romantic period represented deep religious and emotional states, with many designs incorporating ideas around love and nostalgia, reflecting the new ruling Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. Jewellery designs include hands, hearts, crosses and knots. Motifs inspired from nature were also common such as serpents and snakes along with birds, flowers and trees.
Serpent jewellery was considered a symbol of eternal love. Jewellery reflecting the form of a flower was often lavishly adorned with gold and gemstones including agate, amber, amethyst, diamonds emerald and Quartz.
In 1861, Prince Albert passed away and the American Civil War started. Both incidents brought an abrupt halt to the whimsical romance of the Early Victorian Period, so began the Grand Period (1861-1885) of the Victorian Era. Queen Victoria mourned her husband until her death in 1901.
However, her subjects buckled under the heavy gloom. By 1885, they eventually turned to the lighter jewellery and clothing styles of the Late Victorian Aesthetic Period.