Antique Victorian Rings

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No jewelry collection would be complete without an?antique ring steeped in story and sentimentality?— especially one from the Victorian era, when almost every piece of jewelry was enriched?with symbolic, and often romantic, details. There’;s a whole language encoded in designs from this period: floral motifs could?convey innocent notions like friendship, remembrance, and affection — or a more suggestive?message between?lovers.?Acrostic jewelry?was also popularfrench linen cushion covers, with gemstones representing letters spelling out words like REGARD, ADORE, and DEAREST.

Etsy is the perfect place?to find an incredible piece of Victorian?jewelry, and there are hundreds of jewelry dealers and individual collectors to choose from.?Here are a few favorites.

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This highly collectible ring style is called fede gimmal — fede?for?the clasping hands (from the Latin mani in fede, or “;hands in faith”;) and gimmal, which refers to its two hoops that swivel together to form one ring. These types of rings date back to Roman times and were commonly used as wedding rings. (Today, 1970s replicas are also common — so make sure you deal with a reputable seller if you’;re hoping for the real thing.)

You can’t discuss?Victorian jewelry without mentioning?mourning jewels, which?became fashionable?after Queen Victoria’;s consort Prince Albert died?in 1861.?Today, these jewels, which may?include inscriptions and personal relics such as?locks of hair, are considered tokens of remembrance and?are hot commodities among their passionate collectors.?This memorial ring has all the details that make a wonderfully sentimental piece: black enamel to symbolize mourning, sorrowful seed pearls, and floral motifs.

When people talk about flowers having a language of their own during the Victorian era, I always?think of these brightly colored enameled flowers, which were often created?as brooches (although this one has been converted into a ring). This flower represents a delicate, humble and?faithful love, and features a sparkling diamond in its center. (Related: check out the meaning behind birthstones in this fascinating story.)

A stunning juxtaposition of turquoise and diamonds, this 18k forget-me-not ring signifies true love and memories. With?its feminine?proportions, it?would?look great stacked atop?other meaningful rings or bands.

Dainty and delicate are my two favorite words when searching out sentimental rings?— descriptors that?definitely suit?this elegant ring, with its Old Mine-cut diamond in the center.

Rose-cut diamonds — which were widely used in Victorian jewelry — may not have all the flash of contemporary cuts, but this ring still sparkles plenty, thanks in part to its five-stone setting.

The headpiece is the finishing touch to your bridal ensemble. You will want to choose the perfect piece to flatter your face and your wedding gown.

This post first appeared on Tatertots and Jello in November 2016.  

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