Susan Rumfitt MPhil BA (Hons) – The Romance of Nature: Early Victorian Jewellery



The early years of the Victorian era were described as romantic or sentimental and reflected the youth, courtship and marriage of the young Queen. 

The world of nature was still a very popular motif in jewellery of this time. Bouquets of flowers, branches, leaves, grapes and berries remained fashionable. Snake and serpent motifs symbolising wisdom and eternity reached their peak in the 1840s. 

Victorian jewels were often set with gems that were attributed with magical properties and special meanings. Love tokens and souvenirs from travel or events were cherished.