Victorian Diamond Star and Fly EarringsIrene Byrne & Co
These gorgeous Victorian star and fly earrings are one of those purchases you can't resist. Lasting over 160 years as a pair, the subject matter is highly sought after by avid antique collectors today. For the Victorians, insect jewellery was a popular motif in the early part of the century, used to endorse their renewed love of nature with the rapidly changing mass produced world around them. Set in 9ct yellow gold, the stars and flies feature rose cut diamonds and cabochon garnet eyes.
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Gemstones: Diamond and Garnet
Cut: Rose Cut Diamonds & Round Cabochon Garnets
Material: 9ct Yellow Gold
Measurements: 47.00 mm length, 19.00 mm width
The Victorian Period (1837 - 1901):
The Victorian Period defined by none other than Queen Victoria herself, had three stages - the Romantic, the Grand and the Aesthetic.
It was during the Romantic era that Queen Victoria married her Prince, Albert. Sentimental motifs such as; hearts, lover’s knots, flowers, bows, crescent moons and particularly serpents (which was subject to Queen Victoria’s engagement ring which represented enduring love) became extremely popular in jewellery design. Cameos, Enamelling and the use of bright coloured gemstones such as; garnets, amethysts, turquoise, pearls and diamonds gave way to the creation of jewellery that was beginning to speak a symbolic language of its own.
The Grand Victorian era was a sombre period which saw Queen Victoria mourning the death of her beloved husband Albert. It encompassed 20 years during which time Victoria would only wear black and mourning jewellery. As a result the Whitby Jet industry flourished and onyx and deeper coloured garnets rose in popularity. Rings, lockets and brooches were commissioned with compartments for a lock of a loved one’s hair and were often engraved with the person’s name, age and date of death.
The Aesthetic era saw a return to the light-heartedness of the Romantic Era. The discoveries being made through archaeology led to an Etruscan Revival with Greek, Roman and Renaissance influences becoming apparent in jewellery design as well as symbols of good luck and fortune.