The Victorian (c1836-1901) jewelry period follows the reign of Queen Victoria in Great Britain from 1836 to 1901. Queen Victoria's love for her husband and children inspired Victorian jewelry that reflected a romantic and sentimental outlook. Flowers, hearts, bows and birds inspired beautiful pieces of Victorian jewelry which showed the craftsmanship of the Victorian age. Serpent motifs were also popular in Victorian jewelry.
Yellow gold and silver were the metals of choice as Victorian jewelry artisans did not learn to work with platinum until very late in the period. Gemstones were often used in Victorian jewelry and helped keep jewelry affordable for the mass market. Garnets, amethysts, corals, turquoise, and seed pearls were in style. Opals were increasingly popular as Queen Victoria adored them. Diamonds were discovered in South Africa in 1867 and became popular during the Victorian jewelry period. Human hair was also incorporated in jewelry during the Victorian period. This jewelry was given as a token of love and also worn as mourning jewelry.
Victorian Swag and Floral Necklace
The aura of good luck will surround you and the hallmark of a champion will embrace you when you slip on our Victorian Swag and Floral Necklace shown above.
Horseshoes, like the one you'll find peeking out of this necklace's floral swag, have long been a symbol of good luck. English, Scottish and Moorish legends hold horseshoes in high esteem for their ability to protect against evil. And nowhere are horseshoes more prevalent than at horse farms and racetracks like Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky, where the Kentucky Derby is run each May. Indeed, every year the thoroughbred who takes the crown that known as "The Fastest Two Minutes in Sports" is presented with a garland of roses. As a result, the Kentucky Derby has been affectionately dubbed "The Race for the Roses." Each year the first-place finisher will be graced with a garland weighing around 40 pounds and containing more than 400 roses. Prior to 1932, however, the Derby winner was presented with a horseshoe-shaped wreath of roses very much resembling the Victorian one featured in this necklace.