Victorian Accessories

Showing 1–12 of 24 results

Filter By:

Victorian Accessories

Exquisite Jewelry: Victorian Accessories from Arnold Jewelers

Step back in time and embrace the captivating allure of shimmering Victorian accessories. Beyond necklaces and bracelets, the Victorian era saw a flourishing of brooches, pins, lockets, and more, each serving as a miniature work of art and a window into the social and cultural nuances of the period.

What accessories were used in the Victorian Era?

Victorian Brooches

These versatile adornments adorned everything from shawls and jackets to hats and dresses. Early Victorian brooches often featured delicate floral motifs and nature-inspired designs, while later pieces embraced bolder geometric shapes and vibrant gemstones. Intricate enamelwork, cameos, and lockets added further layers of symbolism and personalization.

Victorian Pins

Serving both decorative and functional purposes, Victorian pins secured collars, hats, and hairstyles. From simple stick pins to elaborate hatpins adorned with tassels and gemstones, these accessories reflected the wearer’s individual style and social status.

Victorian Lockets

More than just adornments, lockets held sentimental treasures like portraits, love tokens, or even locks of hair. Often intricately engraved with initials, dates, or mottos, they served as cherished keepsakes and expressions of love and devotion.

Victorian Chatelaines

These ornamental chains suspended from the waistband held useful everyday items like watches, keys, and scent bottles. They added a touch of practicality and elegance to a lady’s ensemble.

Identifying a Victorian Treasure:

While pinpointing the exact age of a brooch or accessory can be challenging, certain features offer clues:

  • Hallmarks: Markings indicating the metal type and country of origin can narrow down the timeframe.
  • Materials: Rose gold, yellow gold, sterling silver, and enamel were popular during the era.
  • Gemstones: Pearls, garnets, emeralds, and diamonds were frequently used.
  • Design elements: Look for floral motifs, mourning symbols, geometric shapes, or cameos.
  • Clasps and closures: Victorian clasps often have a specific style and level of intricacy.

Consulting an antique jewelry expert can provide a more precise assessment.

The Enduring Allure of Victorian Pins:

Victorian pins transcended mere practicality, becoming potent symbols of self-expression and social status. Elaborate hatpins showcased wealth and individuality, while simpler stick pins adorned with sentimental charms held personal significance. The versatility and symbolism of pins continue to resonate with modern collectors and fashion enthusiasts.

Embrace the Legacy

At Arnold Jewelers, we offer a curated selection of authentic Victorian jewelry accessories, each whispering tales of the past. Explore our collection of brooches, pins, lockets, and more, and discover a piece that speaks to your heart. Whether you seek a delicate floral brooch symbolizing new beginnings, a bold gemstone chatelaine reflecting your individuality, or a sentimental locket brimming with history, we have the perfect Victorian treasure waiting to be unearthed.

Visit Arnold Jewelers today and embark on a captivating journey through Victorian history, one exquisite accessory at a time!