Victorian Jewelry: An Art Form

The pieces shown above are unique to an era of time that is sadly long gone, but the historical value preserved in these pieces is invaluable and can still be worn today for its timelessness. There is no single period in history than the Victorian period thus far that has had such a diverse style of jewelry attributed to it.

The Victorian era of jewels is marked by a particular interest and emphasis on the ultra feminine, jewels which incorporate images of women, Greek goddesses, and incorporate details such as bows and flowers. The 18th century necklace above sold through Sotheby’s for more than 800,000 GBP. That necklace is a style representative for the time as the necklace also highlights the dress worn as well, rather than decoration only for the neck.

The brooches above are early 19th century pieces that clearly symbolizes love and glory with its pierced hearts by arrows in the first brooch. The heart shaped brooch sold through Sotheby’s for 26,000 GBP, while the bow shaped one sold for 2,000 GPB. The valuation of these pieces interests me as they are appraised according to their condition as well as other historical factors that may influence their value. For example, Marie Antoinette’s jewelry from the Rococo era recently sold at auction for more than $300 million at Sotheby’s, which certainly influenced the Victorian era of jewels.

“The jewels are a form of art that you can wear.”

This is a late Victorian, silver over gold, arrow pin with a pearl and diamond floral cluster. The brooch is set throughout with old cut diamonds which contrast against the silver topped gold that has darkened nicely with age.

This particular arrow’s design is unique in that its tip looks like it has been taken from the Queen of Spades and its fletchings/feathers, off the back of an angel.

This arrow was sold by Los Altos, CA based antique jeweler Sugar et Cie.

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