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 Diamond and Ruby 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 Victorian hair jewelry video on our videos page.

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 Alexandrite and Diamond Ring

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Victorian three stone ring set with an oval alexandrite and two old European cut diamonds, set in a carved gold mount.

Alexandrite is a rare, color-changing form of chrysoberyl. Depending on the light source, the stone changes color, ranging from green to red. Discovered in the emerald mines of Russia’s Ural Mountains in 1830, the stone was named after the young Alexander II, as it was discovered on the future czar’s twelfth birthday. The stone’s colors coincidentally matched the colors of the Russian Imperial Guard, and so it became the national stone of Imperial Russia. Natural alexandrite is quite rare. Primarily found in Russia, deposits were also later found in Sri Lanka and Brazil.

English, ca. 1890.

$42,000

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Victorian Coach Cover Earrings

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Victorian European cut diamond drop earrings with gold and black enamel spherical “coach covers.” Also known as “opera covers,” the covers concealed the valuable diamonds while traveling, such as a night out at the opera.

Retailed by the London firm Hunt & Roskell, formerly Storr & Mortimer, with original box.
Circa 1880.

$38,000

The firm Hunt & Roskell dates back to the early 19th century, when Paul Storr established his firm Storr & Co. in 1819. Within a few years he partnered first with John Mortimer, followed soon after by John Samuel Hunt. When Storr retired in 1838, the firm was renamed Mortimer & Hunt. Upon Mortimer’s retirement in 1843, the firm became Hunt & Roskell. At this time the firm comprised John Samuel Hunt and his son John Hunt, Robert Roskell Jn. (son of the Liverpool watchmaker Robert Roskell), and Charles Frederick Hancock. The firm increasingly gained recognition over the years, making jewelry for Queen Victoria and exhibiting in the 1851 London Great Exhibition and many others, including New York in 1851 and Paris in 1867.

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Victorian Peridot and Diamond Pendant

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Victorian pendant with radiant-cut peridot accented with four old mine diamonds, suspending a fancy-cut peridot drop, set in silver and gold.

The bright, green stone peridot has long been associated with light, with the ancient Egyptians calling it “the gem of the sun.” Beliefs in its protective powers persisted through the ages – worn around the neck or bound to the left arm, peridot became an amulet against evil spirits, night terrors, and sorcery. Superstitions aside, it’s a beautiful stone!

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

$6,900

This item is available for purchase in the ALVR shop.

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Victorian Gold Bird Nest Earrings

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Antique 15k gold pendant earrings designed as birds in filigree nests with forget-me-nots, accented with natural pearls and cabochon rubies. These earrings are featured on our videos page.

English, ca. 1870.
Length: 2 in.

$10,800

These earrings are available for purchase in the ALVR shop. 

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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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