Victorian Engagement Rings Represent an Era of Romance, Tradition, and Charm
Victorian engagement rings and in fact most antique jewelry has a special allure about it regardless of where it comes from. The difference with Victorian engagement rings is that during the era of Queen Victoria, it was an era of romance, beginning with the marriage of Queen Victoria to her beloved Prince Albert. This is probably the most motivating factor for anyone wanting to wear such an engagement ring, the fact that it symbolizes true romance.
Victorian wedding traditions are filled with charm, much the same as Victorian engagement rings are. Some of the traditions still exist today and many of them have fallen by the wayside, the truth is though that a romantic wedding has some truly Victorian traditions attached to it. For example, permission to marry a young lady had to be granted by her father and once granted, a special dinner and toasts would be held for the young couple.
Typically, the Victorian engagement ring was a diamond, however it was also often be a ruby or emerald. Bear in mind at that time, diamonds worn during the day were frowned upon and only married women wore a diamond during the day. If an unmarried lady wore one it was assumed that she had been given the jewelry by a lover. The gems in the ring sometimes spelled words of love. Usually, the wedding date would be set no more than three months after the engagement was announced and June weddings were very popular, as June was considered to be a lucky month.
During Victorian times, the supply of gold and diamonds was very limited and due to this fact jewelers had to think out of the box and become creative with their designs. This resulted in either yellow or
rose gold engagement rings
designs of light open work making use of filigree, cannetille, piercing, and repoussé techniques. Thin plates and sheet of gold were made in a die roll then engraved and chased. The appearance of all these techniques used the minimum amount of the precious gold whilst still lending an appearance of mass.
Victorian engagement rings were often accented with other gemstones, such as "pinked" topaz and seed pearls. Blue zircon, amethyst, citrine, aquamarine, garnet, peridot and rubies were used, together with many other precious and semi-precious stones.
The designs of Victorian engagement rings vary quite widely, however much of it was taken from ancient jewelry design. When Heinrich Schliemann found the ancient treasures of Troy, these wonderful discoveries inspired Victorian jewelry designers to emulate them. Queen Victoria herself chose an engagement ring that was in the design of a gold snake, coiling around itself an ancient Roman symbol denoting eternal love. Half hoop rings with different stones set in were extremely popular, together with the cluster style and various other, generally quite delicate designs.
Essentially, Victorian engagement rings have a rich tradition of complete romance, as well as displaying the frugality and creativity of the times due to the shortage of both gemstones and gold. However if you choose a Victorian engagement ring, you will immediately be in possession of one of the most romantic heirlooms and a beautiful prelude to a happy married life.
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