Victorian Diamond and Enamel Pendant Earrings

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Victorian lozenge-form pendant earrings with old-mine diamonds and dark blue enamel borders, set in gold.

English ca 1870.

Length: 2 1/2 inches

(approx. 10 cts total)

$52,000

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Victorian Old-Mine Diamond and Ruby Coiled Snake Bracelet

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Coiled snake bracelet with gold scaled body, with an old-mine diamond and ruby head and tail set in silver.

English, ca. 1880

$42,000

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Victorian Gold and Woven Hair Pendant Earrings

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Pair of 18k gold and woven hair pendant earrings. These earrings appear in our Ear Candy exhibition video series.

English, ca. 1870.
Length: 2 1/4 inches

$2,700

This item is available for purchase in the ALVR shop.

Model wearing Victorian Gold and Woven Hair Pendant Earrings

A Pebble in the Rough – Scottish Jewelry in the Victorian Age

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Antique Scottish Stickpin

Queen Victoria was so enamored of the Scottish landscape that she and Prince Albert purchased a Scottish residence, Balmoral Castle, in 1852. The royal family soon adopted Highland dress in the form of tartans and jewelry. Such jewelry came from the land itself, often called “Scotch pebbles”, from the use of native hardstones.

Commonly used stones, often mounted in silver, included bloodstone, carnelian, polished agate and granite, citrine, garnet, pale amethyst, and jasper. Cairngorm, a smoky yellow quartz, from the Cairngorm Mountains, was the most favored stone. Victorian Scottish Sgian Dubh Brooch

Brooches were among the most popular forms of Scottish jewelry. The Scottish dirk, or dagger, was a recurring design motif, evidenced by our sgian dubh brooch, covered in a previous blog post. Other common designs included the Saint Andrew’s cross, butterflies, anchors, and love knots.

Circles were also common, like our agate, bloodstone, and citrine open ring, or penannular, stick pin (pictured above).  Our stickpin is an abstraction of the generic Scottish-ring brooch, which usually featured a pinhead in the form of a thistle. Such brooches are inspired from the penannular brooches with thistle-headed pins of the Viking period (793-1066) found in Ireland and Scotland, and were used to fasten garments.

In the Victorian age, Scottish jewelry was often worn with tartan costumes for ice skating. In our own age, they are suited for everyday wear, no matter your intended activity (or lack of plaid).

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Victorian Jeweled and Enamel Ring

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Five stone sapphire, ruby and old mine diamond ring, set in a gold mount with blue enamel.

English, ca. 1890

$24,000

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Victorian Old-mine Diamond Five-stone Ring

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Old-mine diamond five-stone ring (approximately 2.25 carats).

English, ca. 1890.

$18,000

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Victorian Jewelry (1837 – 1901)

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Victorian jewelry was produced in England around the time of the reign of Queen Victoria, 1837 to 1901.The term is quite broad and includes many different styles and influences.

Victorian times are generally known to be a time of sentimentality and rigid social formalities. Thus, self-adornment with jewelry was often wrought with meaning and secret messages, e.g. eye jewelry, hair jewelry, memento mori, lockets, portraits, etc. At this time many of the revival movements took hold inspired by archaeological discoveries and a sense of sentimentality towards the past. Jewelers such as Giuliano, Castellani and Falize each became known for revival styles and are extremely collectible today.

Victorian jewelry is characterized by the use of old-mine-cut diamonds, rose-cut diamonds, sapphires, rubies, demantoid (green) garnets, enamel, jet, hair, agates, lava, and cameos, set in 15K or 18K gold or a combination of silver and gold.

The period’s main themes and inspiration were animals, insects, flora & fauna, and historicism.

Victorian Diamond Fish Brooch

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Pavé diamond trout brooch set in silver and gold.

English, ca. 1890.
Length: 1 1/2 in.

$9,400

This item is available for purchase in the ALVR shop.

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Victorian Gold and Enamel Pansy Necklace

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15k gold necklace consisting of five pink enamel pansies, each set with a diamond.

English, ca. 1885.
Length: 14 3/4 in.

$15,000

This item is available for purchase in the ALVR shop.

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Victorian Peridot and Diamond Pendant Earrings

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Victorian peridot drop pendant earrings, the radiant-cut tops encircled by four collet-set old-mine diamonds, set in silver and gold.

English, ca. 1880.
Length: 1-1/2 in.

$10,500

Model wearing Victorian Peridot and Diamond Pendant Earrings

Victorian Classical Revival Gold Fringe Earrings

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Pair of Classical Revival 15k gold fringe earrings.

English, ca. 1880.
Length: 2 1/4 inches

$14,500

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Victorian Diamond Transformable Pendant Earrings

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Old mine-cut pear-shaped diamond transformable pendant earrings, set in silver and gold. The lower surrounding diamond cluster is removable, making a pair of simple, old-mine pear-shaped diamond drop earrings.

English, ca. 1860.
Complete length: 2 inches

These earrings appear in our Ear Candy exhibition video series.

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