Victorian Slide Jewelry

Before the invention of the wrist watch, Victorian women would wear their hunter case watches as a necklace, adding ornate, engraved pieces to the chain. Thus, slide jewelry was born! Composed of a “starter” chain with various gemstone "slides" added to it, Victorian slide jewelry allowed women to customize to their liking, much like the... Continue Reading →

A Secret History

Popular in the 19th century, Lovers’ Eyes were tiny portraits painted on pieces of jewelry meant to conceal the identity of their subject. Since only an intimate acquaintance might recognize the individual’s eye, the token of affection could be proudly displayed while keeping forbidden romance a secret. Lovers' eye jewelry pieces were sometimes studded with... Continue Reading →

The Origins of “Jet-Black”

One of the more fascinating histories of Victorian jewelry is that of jet. Jet is a fossilized driftwood, smooth and lightweight with an intense black color, that can be found in the seaside cliffs of Whitby, England.   The most prolific patron of this sought-after “gemstone” was Queen Victoria. In an era that called for... Continue Reading →

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