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VICTORIAN RHINESTONE JEWELRY
Victorian jewelry is as complex in it’s symbolism, sentiment and
design as the fashion, architecture and decor of the time. Worn as an
ornament, a love token or a remembrance, both the costume and fine jewelry
of the era not only completed the well-dressed lady’s attire but also denoted her position in society,
her marital status and her sense of self.
Since the Victorian era stretched over six decades, many types of jewelry
came and went in vogue. Mass production made jewelry available to the
widest number of buyers in the broadest range of designs ever seen
before in history. When it came to formal occasions, the "more is
better" theme of the Victorian era carried over into how jewelry was
worn by royalty and the aristocracy. Paintings of Queen Victoria and
other royals at state occasions show multiple brooches, swags, earrings,
bracelets and hair ornaments. But the jewelry of the everyday woman is
collectible, fascinating and a lesson in history that enchants us even
VICTORIAN "lover’s knot"
brooch with topaz-colored glass unfoiled stones, 2-3/4". A similar
piece can be seen on page 71 of Bell’s "Collecting Victorian Jewelry".
lavender unfoiled rhinestone set in gold tone engraved knot brooch, 1-1/2".
VICTORIAN gilt two purple faceted glass stones pin, 2".
VICTORIAN yellow gold
filled and purple faceted rhinestones brooch with safety chain, 2-1/3".
VICTORIAN gold filled
topaz colored stone with drop brooch, 2".
VICTORIAN red rhinestone oval gold filled
brooch, 2". View #V28205
KNOT sash brooch with
lovely design and garnet-colored glass stones, 1-3/4".
VICTORIAN clear rhinestones
gilt hinged bangle, nice solid weight, stones chipped which can only be seen
under magnification, 6-2/3" by 7/8".
VICTORIAN clear unfoiled
oval rhinestone in gold tone setting brooch, 1-1/3".
VICTORIAN four amethyst-colored rhinestones
in twisted frame brooch, 1-7/8".
VICTORIAN gold filled snake brooch
with green and red rhinestones,
VICTORIAN gold filled and amethyst-colored rhinestone
in twist frame brooch, 2". A similar brooch can be seen on
page 84 of "Old Jewelry, 5th Edition" by Jeanenne Bell, dated circa
|VICTORIAN gold filled five red faceted glass stones pin, 1-1/3".|
|VICTORIAN 10K yellow gold|
leaves and branches brooch with 3 oval garnets, loops for pendant and watch
VICTORIAN round yellow gold brooch with amethysts (one
stone cracked upon close examination), 1-1/2".
VICTORIAN topaz colored
rhinestone brooch, solder reinforcements on back, 2-1/4".
VICTORIAN topaz colored rhinestone brooch, 2".
yellow gold brooch with brown multi-faceted domed stone, 1-5/8".
VICTORIAN gold filled Mizpah brooch with paste stones, 1-1/2".
rhinestones 1-3/4" brooch with dangles.
VICTORIAN long oval yellow
rhinestone set in yellow gold filled brooch, 1-3/4".
VICTORIAN sterling kilt or
dirk pin with purple and yellow stones, circa 1900, hallmarked,
VICTORIAN gold filled bar pin
with purple stone, 2-1/8".
VICTORIAN stick pin with red and clear
rhinestone head, 3".
faceted glass set in 10k gold with black enamel Greek key design mourning
brooch with photo compartment on back, baby picture, 1-1/2".
VICTORIAN gold filled
brooch with faceted blue oval center stone.