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VICTORIAN LOVE SYMBOLS
Victorian jewelry is as complex in it’s symbolism, sentiment and
design as was the fashion, architecture and decor of the time. Worn as an
ornament, a love token or a remembrance, jewelry not only completed the
well-dressed lady’s costume 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 folk is
collectible, fascinating and a lesson in history that enchants us even
The jewelry below has two of the more charming features of the Victorian
era… sentiment and symbolism. To see more about symbols in
jewelry, click HERE. While is isn’t
easy to determine which things are decorations and which meant to
symbolize a thought or idea, it is fun to try to guess.
silver bird, heart, flowers and leaves pin, hallmarked circa 1890, 1-5/8".
VICTORIAN sterling silver hallmarked 1894 bird brooch with floral and leaf
design, 1-7/8". View
bird bar brooch hallmarked Chester 1892, 1-7/8".
VICTORIAN sterling bird,
acorns brooch, beaded edge, hallmarked "S. Bros." Birmingham 1890, 1-5/8".
PP&Co sterling silver double horseshoe brooch with leaves and gold overlay,
|VICTORIAN S&G silver bow|
and leaves brooch, 1-5/8".
VICTORIAN round silver brooch
with beaded edge, applied surface layer of rose and yellow gold rose and leaf design,
deep open hair compartment in the back with glass cover, c-catch and tube
hinge, circa 1880, 1-1/3".
VICTORIAN hallmarked sterling horseshoe pin with yellow and rose gold
roses and leaves overlay, beaded edge, 1-1/2".
VICTORIAN hallmarked sterling WCM oval beaded brooch with yellow and
rose gold roses and leaves design, beaded edge, 1-1/2.
|VICTORIAN Mizpah double heart brooch with beaded edge pin,|
1-5/8". MIZPAH "May the Lord watch between me and thee
while we are absent, one from the other." See Luthi’s Sentimental
Jewelry page 32. View
|VICTORIAN sterling Mizpah brooch with two hearts, lock and key, bird|
and flowers, gold overlay, tiny etched saying, hallmarks "SRRO?, lion,
anchor, p", 1-1/2".
|VICTORIAN Mizpah pin with ivy leaves, hallmarked,|
VICTORIAN sterling 2" ornate bows and ivy leaves bar pin hallmarked
Chester, England, 1900-1.
sterling bar pin with forget-me-nots motif, 1-5/8".
VICTORIAN 1-7/8" ornate bows and ivy leaves brooch.
sterling silver "regards" brooch, hallmarked back, 2".