Dating costume jewelry clasp
There were many motifs characteristic of this time: flowers, snakes, crescents, lizards, birds, Celtic designs, Japanese designs, horseshoes and acrostics. A Victorian filigree diamond ring today is a much sought after piece.The first letter of each stone spelled a word when put together. There was a wide variety of materials used in the jewelry: turquoise, coral, pearls, agate, tortoiseshell, cut steel, sterling, gold and various grades of gold, jet, French jet (black glass), lava, onyx and paste, low carat gold markings (9 carat) and gun metal "blackened steel." Jewelry had a "stamped," machine made look and feel.The Industrial Revolution took jewelry production from the aristocracy to the masses.Electroplating became a patented, commercial endeavor. Large scale jewelry manufacturing also began in the US. Considered a rebellion to the Industrial Revolution, the Arts and Crafts movement featured handmade jewelry, with hammered, patinated and acid-etched metals, with nature themes in clean stylized designs.Following Alberts death in 1861, she continued to wear jewelry.Known as mourning jewelry, Queen Victoria wore it in tribute to her deceased husband.The pieces were black and made of various types of materials: gutta percha, vulcanite, bog oak, ebonite and black glass.Jewelry took the form of chatelaines, hair ornaments, lockets, pierced earrings, watch chains with fobs and seals, cameos, book chain style necklaces, hatpins, lavalieres, lace and lingerie pins, bangles, cufflinks and stud buttons.
Suffragettes wore green, white and violet ("give women the vote") huses on their clothing and in their jewelry.In the courts favor were diamonds, platinum, pearls and a style quite different from the heaviness of the preceding eras.While platinum was desired, it was proclaimed a "strategic metal" during WWI and its use in jewelry was diminished.Lavaliere style necklaces continued, but the long (ropes) style complemented the vertical lines of the fashions.Colors of jewels tended to be soft, muted and more natural.