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Cow: VICTORIAN

Queen Victoria reigned from 1837 until her death in 1901. So many pieces can be referred to as Victorian. Jeanenne Bell divides the period into three sections:
Early Victorian (1837-1860), Mid Victorian (1860-1885), and Late Victorian (1885-1901).

Some of the popular motifs of Early Victorian were:Gothic and Medieval designs,Grapes,Eye Miniatures,Hands,Serpents,and Hearts.

Mid Victorian motifs included:Acorns,Beetles,Buckles,Fringes,Insects,Monograms,and Serpents.

Late Victorian motifs were:Clovers,Crescent and Stars,Birds,Flowers,Horseshoe,Bats,Insects and Man in the Moon.

Excerpts taken from the book Old Jewelry 6th edition by Jeanenne Bell

Examples of Symbolism:Courtesy of Dan Day
Pearls=Tears
Fly=Humility
Dogs=Fidelity
Butterfly=Soul
Daisy=Innocence
Fern=Fascination
Mistletoe=kiss
Doves=Domesticity
Bluebells=Constancy
Wishbone=Wish and Hope
Lilac=First feelings of Love
Harp=Ireland or Constant Love
Flaming Heart=Passionate Love
Forget Me Nots=Remembrance
Arrows=Love(Cupid's arrows)
Crowned Heart=Love Triumphant
Ivy=Friendship, fidelity, marriage
Clasped Hands=Friendship, Lasting Love
Salamanders,Lizards=Passionate Love (it was believed that this animal could survive fire)
Roses=Many meanings, depending of the type of bloom and color.

Specific gems could have specific meanings:
Amethyst=Devotion
Diamond=Constancy
Emerald=Hope
Ruby=Passion

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I highly recommend this book to learn much more about Victorian Jewelry

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Victorian Bog Oak brooch

Compliments of Alicia Boyle

Boylerpf Jewelry


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Notice the simple C catch, the extended pin stem and the tube hinge.

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Gutta Percha locket Necklace

Courtesy of Alicia Boyle


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View of opened locket

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Victorian Citrine Hair Bracelet

Courtesy of Alicia Boyle


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Notice the intricate weaving of the hair

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10K Victorian Honeymoon Pin

Compliments of Melissa Hatfield

Ultimate Adornment & Collectibles


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Victorian 10kt Enamel and Pearl Horseshoe Stick Pin

Courtesy of Melissa Hatfield


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Victorian bar & Lock pin

Compliments of Susan Corwin

Eureka I Found It!


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Victorian Ivory Chatelaine Pin

Courtesy of Susan Corwin


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Victorian Locket

Courtesy of Susan Corwin


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Victorian floral Pin

Courtesy of Susan Corwin


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Victorian portrait Pin

Compliments of Nona Grampp

Nona's of Alexandria


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Horse Hair necklace. Horse hair was used to practice the "art."

Courtesy of Nona Grampp


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Glass "Crepe Stone" which was patented in 1883 by the Fowler Brothers of Providence, RI

Courtesy of Nona Grampp


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Back construction typical of a Victorian piece

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14K Gold pendant with Gold Nuggets

Courtesy of Nona Grampp


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Victorian glass Mosaic pin

Courtesy of Nona Grampp


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Back construction with initials

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One half of a Cut Steel Belt Buckle

Courtesy of Nona Grampp


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Silver Bar Brooch

Compliments of Carrie Pollack

Glad Rags & Curios


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Take note of back construction

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Victorian French Jet bangles

Courtesy of Carrie Pollack


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Amazing Stick Pin Brooch

Courtesy of Carrie Pollack


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Very interesting construction

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Victorian Bangle

Courtesy of Carrie Pollack


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Victorian Bookchain locket Necklace
c.1870-1880

Compliments of Pat Seal

Treasures From Yesterday Vintage Jewelry


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View of opened locket

Courtesy of Pat Seal


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Victorian sterling heart Necklace

Courtesy of Pat Seal


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Victorian mourning Pendant

Courtesy of Pat Seal


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Victorian Acorn Brooch

Courtesy of Pat Seal


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Gold and Garnet Brooch

Courtesy of Pat Seal


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Matching Victorian Earrings

Courtesy ofPat Seal


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Check out the backs of the earrings

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Gold and Saphiret stone Brooch

Courtesy of Pat Seal


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Victorian hair Brooch

Courtesy of Pat Seal


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Back construction

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Gold and Branch Coral Pin

Courtesy of Pat Seal


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Pat's personal Victorian Charm Bracelet

Courtesy of Pat Seal


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VICTORIAN SAFE DOOR OPENS AND YOU
CAN PUT A TINY KEEPSAKE INSIDE

Courtesy of Pat Seal


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Back view with door open

Courtesy of Pat Seal


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VICTORIAN GARTER BRACELET MARKED 14K

Courtesy of Pat Seal


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GOLDFILLED VICTORIAN BRIDE'S BANGLE BRACELETS MARKED
BATES & BACON

Courtesy of Pat Seal


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Visit Cheri Van Hoover's amazing Gallery of Vintage Pictures, many of them depicting the Victorian era.
Click here for Gallery


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Victorian Gilt Sash Pin with Pink Stones

Compliments of Cheri Van Hoover

Milky Way Jewels


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French Onyx & Pearl Mourning Brooch

Courtesy of Cheri Van Hoover


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Victorian Filigree Silver Amethyst Bar Pin

Courtesy of Cheri Van Hoover


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Victorian Aesthetic Movement Earrings

Courtesy of Cheri Van Hoover


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Victorian Blue Glass & Filigree Hat Pin

Courtesy of Cheri Van Hoover


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Victorian Bay and Acorn Bog Oak Brooch

Courtesy of Cheri Van Hoover


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Huge Victorian Red Stone Brooch

Courtesy of Cheri Van Hoover


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Victorian Branch Coral pin

Compliments of Alison Gadberry

Alison's Antiques & Vintage Jewelry


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Victorian Circle Branch Coral Brooch

Compliments of Alison Gadberry


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Victorian Honeymoon Moon Floral Brooch

Compliments of Alison Gadberry


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Victorian Necklace

Compliments of Alison Gadberry


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Victorian Purple Rhinestone Sash Brooch

Compliments of Alison Gadberry


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Victorian Agate Crescent brooch

Compliments of the Audrey Gibbons Collection


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Victorian Agate Anchor Brooch

Compliments of the Audrey Gibbons Collection


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Victorian Agate Stick Pins

Compliments of the Audrey Gibbons Collection


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Victorian Cross Brooch

Compliments of the Audrey Gibbons Collection


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Victorian Mourning Brooch

Compliments of the Audrey Gibbons Collection


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Victorian Buckle

Compliments of Barbara Diddle-Czeh

Vintage Jewelry Plus


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Victorian Cameo Pendant Necklace

Compliments of Barbara Diddle-Czeh


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Victorian Puffy Heart Charm Necklace

Compliments of Barbara Diddle-Czeh


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Victorian Photo Locket Necklace

Compliments of Barbara Diddle-Czeh


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Victorian Blister Pearl Ring

Compliments of Barbara Diddle-Czeh


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Victorian Mine Cut Crescent Moon Brooches

Compliments of Dan Day

The Queen's Jewels


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Victorian ForGetMeNot brooch

Compliments of Julie Law

Gilded Elegance


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Victorian Floral Photo Brooch

Compliments of Julie Law


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Victorian Cameo Brooch

Compliments of Julie Law


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Victorian Brooch

Compliments of Leila Huhman

Yesterday's Rock Stars


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Victorian Crescent Moon Floral Brooch

Compliments of Leila Huhman


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Victorian Mosaic Brooch

Compliments of Leila Huhman


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Victorian Mother of Pearl Leaf Initial Pin

Compliments of Leila Huhman


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Victorian Rhinestone Crescent Moon Brooch

Compliments of Leila Huhman


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Victorian hard stone carved cameo set in fancy filigree 18K gold stick pin

Compliments of Jan Gaughan

Eclectic Vintage Jewelry and Collectibles


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Victorian blue stone Stick pin

Courtesy of Jan Gaughan


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Victorian Watch Fob

Courtesy of Jan Gaughan


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Victorian wreath Pin

Compliments of Nicole St-Pierre

Pop Goes My Vintage


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Victorian Bar Pin

Courtesy of Nicold St Pierre


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Beautiful assortment of Victorian Earrings and pins

Compliments of Sue Sinclair

Florida Yankee's Delights on Etsy


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1860-1880 Victorian Bracelet Etruscan Influence Turquoise stones

Compliments of Amy Baker

Vintage 55


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Victorian Bracelet

Courtesy of Amy Baker


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1890's Circa Unmarked Victorian earrings

Courtesy of Amy Baker


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Notice back construction

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Book Chain 1890 Circa marked Germany.

Courtesy of Amy Baker


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Brooch with Purple Glass Stone.  1" across. C-Clip. Pin extends 1/4" past clip

Courtesy of Amy Baker


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Hairwork Brooch Enameled with beautiful gold (content unknown) metalwork

Compliments of Dianne Lavenburg

Vintage Jewelry Meadow


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Victorian garnet necklace

Courtesy of Dianne Lavenburg


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Real Garnet victorian pin

Courtesy of Dianne Lavenburg


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Back of garnet pin .. note tube joint and length of pinstem

Courtesy of Dianne Lavenburg


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Victorian Hairwork Necklace

Courtesy of Dianne Lavenburg


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Civil war era jet mourning jewelry.

Courtesy of Dianne Lavenburg


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Back view

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Victorian Hairwork Bracelet

Courtesy of Dianne Lavenburg


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Variety of victorian mourning brooches

Courtesy of Dianne Lavenburg


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Victorian portrait Brooch

Compliments of Keith Coulter

JK Tex Mercantile


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Victorian Cufflinks

Courtesy of Keith Coulter


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Victorian Earrings

Courtesy of Keith Coulter


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Note back construction

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Victorian pin

Courtesy of Keith Coulter


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Victorian Lava Cameo Bracelet

Compliments of Kathy Small

Small Treasures on Etsy


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Carved Victorian Pin

Compliments of Nancy Lewis

Whimsey's Antiques


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Victorian Cameo

Courtesy of Nancy Lewis


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Victorian Lava Cameo Ring

Courtesy of Nancy Lewis


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Coral Victorian Earrings

Courtesy of Nancy Lewis


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Sweet little Victorian Pin

Compliments of Debbie Beechy

Beetique


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Coral and Gold Festoon Victorian Necklace

Compliments of Tracy Green

Venus Vintage Jewelry


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Victorian Carved Bone Pendant

Compliments of Lee Caplan

Faux Jewels


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Victorian Jet Violin Brooch

Compliments of Lee Caplan


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Victorian Sterling Bracelet marked  K LTD, Anchor (Birmingham) Lion (England) M (approx 1900) . Circa 1890

Compliments of Lee Caplan


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Victorian Paste Brooch

Compliments of Lee Caplan


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Victorian Pools of Light Dress Clip

Compliments of Lee Caplan


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Victorian coiled snake Bracelet

Compliments of Vera Battemarco

Get Glam!


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Victorian Locket

Courtesy of Vera Battemarco


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Opened Locket

Courtesy of Vera Battemarco


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Victorian cameo Necklace

Courtesy of Vera Battemarco


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Victorian tiger eye Locket Pin

Courtesy of Vera Battemarco