Queen Victoria and Prince Albert: Celebrating 175 Years!

Happy 175th Anniversary to Queen Victoria and her beloved Prince Albert. They were married on this day in 1840, and their time together influenced the trends of generations. To celebrate, let’s look back on their big day. It should come as no surprise that their courtship and wedding ceremony shaped the nuptial institution as we know it.

Victoria received one of the first engagement rings. A coiled snake was fashioned in gold with an emerald, her birthstone, set into the head. The snake symbolized eternal love, and became a proliferate motif in Victorian era jewelry representing wisdom and fidelity. Birthstone-set rings became a popular choice for engagement jewelry until the late 19th century.

The new queen chose a white dress for her marriage ceremony. Some considered this a conservative choice, as bright colored wedding gowns were the order of the day. White was also worn as a color of mourning at the time, adding to the confusion over her decision. However, less than a decade later, a fashionable bride could wear no other color than pristine white. 

In the image to the right, Victoria is  painted wearing the "Albert" brooch, which features an oblong mixed cut sapphire of an estimated 20-30cts, surrounded by brilliant cut diamonds. It remains among the Crown Jewels to this day.

Victoria gifted each of her 12 train-bearers, or bridesmaids, a turquoise brooch in the shape of an eagle, additionally decorated with diamonds, rubies and pearls. 

Blue was the color of loyalty and faithfulness, which is why the good luck rhyme “Something old, something new…” says a bride is should carry a “something blue” with her. It makes sense that, in this age of romance and sentiment, that a bride should offer the same to her attendants. 

Gray & Davis Holiday Gift Guide: For the Minimalist

 Adornment is in the eye of the beholder, and sometimes it really is best to keep it simple.

Art Deco platinum eternity band, available in our  online shop .

Art Deco platinum eternity band, available in our online shop.

The eternity band

A little bit of sparkle that is dainty, elegant and unobtrusive. Eternity bands are a great gift for those who favor quiet elegance.

 

 

Arts & Crafts turquoise ring, in our  online shop .

Arts & Crafts turquoise ring, in our online shop.

The turquoise ring

Mother Earth did most of the design here. A pretty oval turquoise cabochon is bezel-set in 12k rose gold and sits atop a narrow band.  This minimalist piece was hand-made in the early twentieth century.

 

 

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Ruby, Diamond & Turquoise Cluster Rings

These Edwardian cluster rings aren't afraid to get in the spirit of Independence Day!

From Right to Left: 18k yellow gold with .56ct ruby and old European diamond surround, 14k yellow gold/platinum with 1.4cts of old European cut diamonds, 14k yellow gold with Persian turquoise cabochon and old European cut diamond surround.

From Right to Left: 18k yellow gold with .56ct ruby and old European diamond surround, 14k yellow gold/platinum with 1.4cts of old European cut diamonds, 14k yellow gold with Persian turquoise cabochon and old European cut diamond surround.