The Victorian Era spans just over 50 years, from 1835-1890. The Era was named for Queen Victoria of England, who inherited the throne in 1837 when she was just 18 years old. Victoria was extraordinarily well loved, and her tastes in fashion and jewelry inspired the trends of the time.
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How to know if your type is Victorian:
1. You’re romantic and sentimental. Early Victorian jewelry was inspired by the courtship between Victoria and her to-be husband, Albert. Flowers, leaves, branches, and other nature-inspired jewelry was very typical of the Early Victorian period.
2. You’re pretty traditional. You would absolutely love a sweet, simple solitaire with a vintage, old-world feel to it. The very first Tiffany solitaire was introduced in 1886. The classics are classics for a reason!
3. Sometimes you have your dark days. Victorian jewelry became dark and bold after Albert passed away in 1861, leaving Victoria a widow. Some of the boldest and most beautiful jewelry from this time period was created while the Queen was in mourning for her lost husband.
4. You love color. It was extremely common for engagement rings in the Victorian period to feature bold colored gemstones instead of diamonds. Who said engagement rings have be diamonds?
5. Your overall style is classic and sophisticated. Victorian rings look unquestionably vintage, but they marry vintage and modern styles extremely well. A Victorian ring will never look out of place in your wardrobe, but everyone that sees it will sense a uniqueness that you just can’t get from a modern setting.
Images from top to bottom, left to right: Keira Knightly as Anna Karenina from Click Orlando, Magnificent 1840's Victorian Necklace from Trumpet & Horn, Victorian Interior from Archimoods, Keira Knightly as Anna Karenina from Duke Chronicle, Grand Duchess Anastasia Portrait from Deviant Art, Dobson Victorian Engagement Ring from Trumpet & Horn, Victorian Cameo Earrings from Trumpet & Horn, Victorian Amethyst Necklace from Trumpet & Horn