Victorian style jewelry has a special romantic flair to it whether it be rings, earrings, bracelets, or necklaces, using solid gold and of the finest gemstones. They are eye-catching, timeless pieces to wear, adore, or collect, and are thoughtful gifts and heirlooms to pass down from generation to generation. Growing interest in antique jewelry means the limited supply cannot match the increasing demand for fine vintage jewelry. Neta’s style incorporates the traditional vintage Victorian style with her own twist. We have selected a variety of hand-crafted items to showcase within her beautiful works of dangle earrings, drop earrings, engagement rings, cocktail rings, pendant necklaces, bridal earrings and engraved pieces all using the finest quality of gemstones and 14k and 18k solid gold.
Victorian style jewelry designs are a complex eclectic mix because of the length of the Victorian period and the different issues that affected the jewelry designs over that time, such as the death of Prince Albert, Darwinism, the Queen’s visit to Scotland, and Eastern influences. An enchanting element of Victorian jewelry is the deep symbolism and sentimentality rendered in its designs. Aside from charm, ageless beauty, and nostalgic value, Victorian jewelry fashioned a hidden meaning, message, or story through the choice of material, color, shape, and types of gemstones used, as well as the arrangement. Knots, buckles, and bows are symbols of binding love. Ruby denotes passion, pearls mean tears, coral offered protection against evil, and amethyst, devotion.
The infamous serpent-shaped betrothal ring Prince Albert gave to Queen Victoria symbolized wisdom and eternity. Some designs used gems to spell out words like the romantic “Regard” engagement ring, in which the setting of the gemstones on the ring spelled out the word ‘regard’: ruby, emerald, garnet, amethyst, ruby, and diamond. Communication through various gemstones was a common theme at that time and while we are no longer embedding messages in jewelry, you will see quite a lot of colored gemstones in this collection.