Early Victorian rosecut Flemish diamond cross pendant 14ct gold
Early Victorian rosecut Flemish diamond cross pendant 14ct gold and silver
The Romantic period (early Victorian reign, 1837-1860) celebrated and represented the love of a nation for its young queen. The love between Queen Victoria and Prince Albert was an example for most couples. Jewels were used to symbolize and express sentiments such as family, love, friendship, and faith. Jewelry designs from this time tended to be feminine, expressive and sentimental.
The Queen’s coronation took place during the Romantic period, an era largely characterized by a fascination with a romanticized remembrance of the Medieval and Gothic periods. Gothic Victorian wear embodies both femininity and melancholy.
Women’s daytime fashions consisted of long, full-skirted dresses with high necklines and long sleeves. Bonnets (woman hats with straps/ribbon for under the chin) were a necessary part of the daily costume while the styles were ornamented by both substantial as subtle jewelry. Religion was an important part of Victorian life, and most individuals were Christian. The Anglican churches of England, Wales, and Ireland were the state churches (of which the monarch was the nominal head) and dominated the religious landscape (even though the majority of Welsh and Irish people were members of other churches). Therefore, cross pendant necklaces made from materials such as metals, hair, and gemstones were part of daily wear. In later years, necklines were lowered resulting in increased sizes of necklaces and pendants!
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