The Victorian era started in 1837 and continued for 60 years, with Queen Victoria's reign producing the most romantic pieces of antique jewelry. Choosing the right piece for your personal collection will depend on your style.
The period can be divided into three phases – the Romantic, Grand and the Late Victorian. The first of the three was characterized by a time of great marital bliss for the royal family. The jewelry reflected the Queen's happiness, with lightweight gold filigrees in floral and natural designs embellished with pearls and pink corals, the news outlet explains.
At the beginning of the Grand period, Queen Victoria was in mourning after Prince Albert's death and black jewelry became the trend, with onyx and black enamels becoming popular options. However, the end of the phase saw a revival in ancient designs like those from the Egyptians and the Etruscans, the news source added.
Finally, the Late Victorian era saw the end of the Queen's mourning. People wore whimsical designs like enameled flowers and insects. The discovery of diamond mines in South Africa also saw an increase in the use of the gemstones in the designs of the period.