Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Revisiting "Victoriana"

Asian Motif Brooch
Photo courtesy of Weston Jewelry

During the Romantic Period, jewelry reflected the sentimental nature of the times with mementoes, love tokens, and souvenirs from foreign travel. Italian cameos were brought back to Britain as souvenirs of the "Grand Tours" of the upper class to Italy and Greece. Victoria’s love for all things Scottish popularized many Highlander influences in jewelry and fashion, particularly brooches with a grouse foot set in gold or silver and tartan clothing. These trends lasted well into the 1860s. This was a time when culture and travel were extremely important to British culture, and throughout the era we see an influx of imported jewelry from many parts of the world. [Read more...]

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  1. Kudos! Very well done--I learned quite a bit and loved seeing all the beautiful jewelry and the photos you included. Can't wait for the next one!

  2. Outstanding, Angela! Queen Sophia really loved beautiful things: tiaras, rings, brooches, earrings, necklaces, pendants, pearls, diamonds. Wow! She must have had a bundle of money . . .