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 Pearl and Zircon Necklace
A glorious bouquet of pearls, diamonds and blue zircons accent a Victorian necklace's delicate swirling vase.
Victorian Swag and Floral Necklace
Delicate flowers and natural pearls create an enchanting garden design in this Victorian antique necklace.
Victorian Antique Swallow Brooch
This Victorian jewelry brooch depicts a swallow soaring higher and higher towards the heavens.
Rose Gold and Diamond Victorian Earrings
Like a flower bud unfurling, these Victorian antique rose gold and diamond earrings are delicately dazzling.
Victorian Almandite Garnet Pendant
Pearls dance around an oval cabochon cut almondite garnet in this vintage pendant with tassels.
Victorian Antique Pearl Pin
Made of 14k yellow gold, the crescent arc of this Victorian antique pin is threaded down the middle with a collection of eleven natural Oriental pearls.
Victorian Sapphire and Diamond Bar Pin
Long and slender in design, this 18k yellow gold and platinum Victorian bar pin is simply spectacular.
Victorian Ruby and Diamond Antique Brooch
When a delicate finishing touch is what your outfit needs, this Victorian ruby and diamond antique brooch will never disappoint.
Victorian Pearl and Diamond Stick Pin
This Victorian pearl and diamond stick pin, in a twisted 18k yellow gold corkscrew design, is elegantly sophisticated.
Victorian Antique Crescent Brooch
Fall over the moon in love with this Victorian crescent antique brooch.
Edwardian Filigree Antique Pin
The Edwardian period's signature lacy cutwork is showcased in this antique filigree brooch.
Antique Victorian Onyx Mourning Pin with Pearls
Cattails bursting with fluffy down give Victorian antique bar pin brooches a pastoral flavor.
Victorian Antique Bar Pin with Colorful Enameling
This Victorian antique bar pins combination of French blue, dark blue, forest green, spring green, orange and pink enameling colorfully mesmerizes the eye.