The Romantic Period (1837 – 1861)

The first period of Victorian jewellery, also known as the Romantic period or early Victorian period, lasted from 1837 to 1861. During this period, jewellery designs drew inspiration from the Renaissance, Middle Ages, and the natural world. The use of gold materials increased during this time, which contributed to the construction of jewellery.

Key features of the Romantic period included:

  • Themes: Motifs inspired by the natural world such as serpents, lotus flowers, trees, and birds were popular.
  • Materials: Commonly used materials included gold, seed pearls, ivory, tortoiseshell, coral, onyx, agate, diamonds, amber, amethyst, emerald, and quartz.
  • Popular jewellery items: Rings and brooches, bracelets, and cameos were commonly worn during this period.
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