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Georgian era jewellery is very rare and handmade. Often featuring nature-inspired designs such as leaves and birds and frequently includes precious stones. Memento Mori jewellery was also popular at the time (meaning 'remember you will die') featuring skull motifs and coffins.
Like jewellery of the Georgian era, early Victorian era jewellery features nature-inspired designs. Frequently, these designs would be delicately and intricately etched into gold. Lockets and brooches were popular everyday jewellery during the early Victorian era whereas colored gemstones and diamonds were worn during the evening.
Because the Grand or Mid-Victorian era corresponded with the death of Queen Victoria’s husband, many jewellery pieces have solemn, grave designs. Known as mourning jewellery, the pieces feature heavy, dark stones. Jet, onyx, amethyst, and garnet are frequently found in jewellery from this period. Compared to previous periods more colorful designs were found using shells, mosaics and gemstones and some would argue more creativity to the design process was applied.
During the Late Victorian or Aesthetic period, jewellers' used diamonds and feminine, bright gemstones such as sapphire, peridot, and spinel. Star and crescent designs as well as elaborate hat pins were also popular. Some scholars believe the aesthetic era began sooner, in 1875, and ended as early as 1890.
The Edwardian period started with the decease of Queen Victoria and her son Edward became king. During this period many of the Edwardian designed incorporates more expensive gems such as diamonds, emeralds and rubies in their elaborate designs.