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Queen Victoria had a large collection of jewels, some of her own design. She was a large supporter of jewelry artisans and passionate about precious gems. Much like Anna Wintour, she made jewelry styles and designers popular. Simply put, Victoria loved jewelry. Her husband Albert often gave her pieces of jewelry to commemorate special events, like the birth of their nine children. Some styles popularized by Victoria were the cameo and jet or black work.
Cameos, brooches, bar pins, earrings, and necklaces all pair beautifully with Victorian dresses and were quite fashionable during Victoria's reign. Cameos were extremely rare and expensive. Made from helmet and bull mouth shells, cameos were a popular souvenir for Grand Tour travelers. The Grand Tour was a trip of cultural exploration taken by young social elites. Starting in the London, travelers made their way through the cultural hubs of Paris and Rome or Venice with side trips to Florence and Pompeii. Many cameos were carved in Torre del Greco, located at the bottom of Mount Vesuvius.
Black jet jewelry was also fashionable during the Victorian era. Considered mourning jewelry, Victoria exclusively wore the gemstone from Albert's death until her death in 1901. After fine quality Jet was found on the east coast of Yorkshire in Whitby, the mourning Queen exclusively wore Whitby jet. In fact, she only allowed Whitby jet to be worn at court. Since jet was so lightweight, large pieces could be worn without weighing down the wearer. Like cameos, jet was a popular souvenir for those on a seaside holiday in Whitby.
Here at Recollections we offer many styles of cameo and jet jewelry. We also offer chokers, bracelets, crystals and pocket watches. Complete your favorite Victorian ensemble in high style with our Victorian accessories!