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Victorian and Edwardian Jewelry

From mourning jewelry to beautiful Art Nouveau pieces

Black Victorian Jewelry Varieties
How to recognize and distinguish black jewelry materials, often used for Victorian mourning jewelry.

Bog Oak Jewelry
Would you believe that something as inelegant-sounding as bog oak could produce beautiful jewelry? In the Victorian era, bog oak jewelery was quite fashionable. This glossary-style article describes and defines bog oak jewelry and furnishes several examples of these fossilized wood pieces.

Cloisonné Enameling
Cloisonné is an ancient enameling technique. This glossary-style article defines the cloisonné method of enameling jewelry, and is illustrated with several examples of this painstaking procedure.

Cut Steel Jewelry
Despite its industrial-sounding name, cut steel jewelery was prized by folks of fashion in the 18th and 19th centuries. This glossary-style article defines and describes cut steel jewelry, traces its development, and provides examples of pieces.

Dragon's Breath Stones
Do you know how to identify Dragon's Breath stones used in Antique and Vintage Costume Jewelry? Find out here.

Fob Definition and Examples
Don't be fobbed off with imprecise definitions. This illustrated glossary-style article describes the two types of fobs in jewelry. Learn when fobs -- an early version of a charm bracelet for both sexes -- developed and what they look like.

French Jet
French jet isn't jet and isn't necessarily from France. But in the later 1800s, French jet was an invaluable source of modestly-priced mourning jewelry. This glossary-style article defines French jet, with an illustration.

Garland Style: Quintessential Belle Epoque/Edwardian Jewelry
Around the turn of the 20th century, the most à la mode jewelry was white – white stones, white metal setting – and designed in the garland style. The garland style, very typical of Edwardian Era/Belle Epoque jewelery, features diamonds and pearls in lacy, graceful settings. This illustrated article identifies the garland style in antique jewelery.

Hair Work Jewelry: Always for Mourning?
Do you know if your Victorian hair work piece was related to mourning? Or was it used for some other occasion? Find out how to tell about that here.

Jet Definition and Examples
Join the jet set with this article that has everything you'd want to know about jet jewelry. This glossary-style article describes and defines jet, once the substance of choice for Victorian mourning jewelry. Several photos of jet jewelry accompany this article, which defines and traces the history of this fossilized wood substance.

Millegrain Setting
The millegrain setting is a delicate beaded style that flourished around the turn of the 20th century. This illustrated glossary-style article defines and explains the history of the millegrain setting.

Mourning Jewelry
The do's and don'ts of mourning jewelery, a sort of macabre bauble that flourished from the mid-1800s onward, are covered in this illustrated article. Learn what mourning jewelry looked like, when it developed, and what purpose it served.

Painted Porcelain Jewelry and Buttons
Find out about antique hand painted jewelry from the early 20th century through a book review from your guide.

Painted Porcelain Jewelry and Buttons
A review of the book Painted Jewelry and Buttons, and more information on painted jewelry and buttons from the late 1800s and early 1900s as well.

Piqué Tortoiseshell Jewelry
For over 200 years piqué jewelry has piqued the interest of jewelry-lovers, especially tortoiseshell fans. This glossary-style article defines piqué jewelry and provides several beautiful examples.

Plique-à-jour Enameling
Plique-à-jour is an enameling technique that produces a unique stained-glass effect in a piece of jewlery. This glossary-style article defines plique-à-jour, furnishing examples of what this sort of antique enameled jewelry looks like, and which famous designers were masters of it.

Renaissance Revival Jewelry
Nostalgia is nothing new, as Renaissance Revival jewelry from the 19th century proves. This article defines and describes the Renaissance Revival style of jewelry.

Rolled Gold Jewelry
What does rolled gold mean in jewelery? Rolled gold refers to one of the first, and most successful, imitations of solid gold. Learn the difference between rolled gold, gold-filled and gold-plated in this glossary-style article. This article defines rolled gold and gives several examples of rolled gold jewelry.

Sash Pin Example
Find out how to tell if you have a Victorian sash pin in your jewelry collection.

slide
Learn about the slide, the buckle's toothless cousin. This glossary-style article describes the slide, an antique fastener that became a piece of jewelry in its own right.

Slide Bracelet
Slide into understanding the slide bracelet, which has not one but two forms. This glossary-style article defines the slide bracelet, both original and retro varieties.

Tiffany Art Jewelry
Curious about the jewelry crafted under the supervision of Louis Comfort Tiffany? Learn more about it here.

Vulcanite
Would you believe that vulcanite, a type of rubber, could be used for jewelry? In the mid-19th century vulcanite was a popular substitute for more expensive jet or tortoiseshell in jewelry -- especially mourning jewelry. This glossary-style article describes vulcanite, with several examples of vulcanite pieces.

American Gypsy Jewelry
An Antiques Roadshow feature on this unusual and hard-to-find genuine gold jewelry.

Daniel Low & Co. Catalog - Jewelry in 1901
Take a look at this amazing fine jewelry catalog dating from 1901. Helpful for dating many dainty brooches and buckles fashioned from karat gold and sterling.

J. R. Wood & Sons Jewelry Catalog
One of the best ways to learn about jewelry styles and dating is referring to the original catalogs produced by early jewelry companies. This online presentation features the wares of J.R. Wood & Sons during the early 1900s.

Sears 1897 Catalogue
This online article is filled with pages from an 1897 Sears catalogue along with examples of the vintage jewelry shown on the pages. Vintage photographs showing real folk wearing similar pieces adds a charming touch.

Victorian Ladies
A wonderful spread featuring vintage photographs of Victorian ladies wearing jewelry. As an added bonus, similar pieces of vintage jewelry are shown in detail.

gutta percha
Gutta Percha was popular in the 19th century for mourning jewelry. This glossary-style article describes and gives several illustrated examples of gutta percha jewelry.

The Art Nouveau Genius of René Lalique
One of the major pieces sold on July 13, 2011 at Sotheby’s summer Fine Jewels auction in London – with an estimate of 10-15,000£ (around $16,000-24,000) – an anemones brooch by René Lalique (1860-1945). Though best-known today for frosted glassware, Lalique began his career as a jeweler, and is considered one of the avatars of Art Nouveau,...

filigree
This article provides a definition and succinct history of filigree, a familiar type of decorative metalwork in antique jewelry.

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