History of Jewelry Design

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Above is a review of the design eras over history. No period has a precise moment of change so the dates may vary source to source. Like most trends in craft and art styles wax and wan until a transition is complete over years. 

Right now my biggest inspirational era is the Victorian for its romantic and sentimental style. Popular motifs included: eyes, hands, hearts, anchors, crosses, arrows, clovers, love knots, garters, buckles, vines, and leaves. Seed pearls were frequently arranged in grape clusters.

Jewelers used a wide variety of gem materials during this period. Among the most popular: agate, amber, amethyst, chalcedony, chrysoberyl, diamond, emerald, garnet, malachite, seed pearls, topaz, quartz and turquoise. Other materials frequently found in Romantic Period jewelry include ivory, lava stone, and tortoiseshell. Coral was also prized as a jewelry material. (The redder, the more expensive).