The role of jewellery within Victorian culture was important in determining a person’s identity and social status. The Western world has often objectified jewels as aesthetic objects that are highly desired. Here are some of the most impressive pieces of Victorian jewellery
Brooch consisting of an sinuous gold stem which twines around a central cluster of three cabochon sapphire and diamond buds by August Hollming, 1895-99. St Petersburg, Russia. Victoria & Albert Museum.
Earrings, 1815-51. Berlin. Victoria & Albert Museum.
Queen Victoria’s Small Diamond Crown, 1870. Royal Collection.
Earrings, 1840-51. Victoria & Albert Museum.
Ring, 1800-50. Victoria & Albert Museum.
Earrings, 19th century. Philadelphia Museum of Art.
Bracelet, 1849. Gold with enamel decoration; opal, diamons. Philadelphia Museum of Art.
Brooch, 1870s. In private collection.
Necklace in the form of vines, enamelled gold mounted with amethysts, 1840-50. France. Victoria & Albert Museum.
Brooch and earrings by Edward Burr, 1836–50. Gold, pearls, diamonds, and enamel. New York, United States. The MET.