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Jewellery in the Age of Queen Victoria: A Mirror to the World

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By Charlotte Gere and Judy Rudoe

Jewellery in the Age of Victoria rewrites the history of jewelry in the Victorian period. The age of Victoria is taken in its widest sense to encompass jewelry made throughout Europe and America, displayed at the great international exhibitions and distributed through foreign trade, illustrated publications, and a burgeoning tourist industry. Throughout, links with other disciplines provide both the specialist and the non-specialist with the information to understand how jewelry permeated all walks and conditions of life in the nineteenth century.

The focus of this book is on the attitudes of owners about their jewelry and the symbolic weight that it was expected to carry. Rather than concentrating on the major figures at the top end of the jewelry trade, it is oriented toward the social aspects of owning, wearing, and displaying jewelry. For example, novelists used jewelry to add a moral or metaphorical dimension to a character, while jewels depicted in portraits often carried multiple messages which could be immediately decoded by the viewer. The achievements of science, the fascination with nature, and the Victorian sense of humor are all embodied in jewelry. Topics discussed in depth include the importance of jewelry in the life of the Queen herself, jewelry and dress, the language of jewelry, the cult of novelty, the importance of nationalism in the revival of historical styles, and the contribution of archaeological discoveries. The volume is sumptuously illustrated with contemporary reportage, photographs, and portraits, as well as examples of jewelry from the British Museum and other collections.

552 pages, 500 illustrations (400 in full-color, 100 black-and- white). Hardcover; clothbound with jacket. 9 1/4'' x 11 3/4''.

  • 552 pages
  • 500 illustrations (400 in full-color, 100 black-and-white)
  • 9 1/4'' x 11 3/4''
  • Hardcover
  • Clothbound, with jacket

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Description

By Charlotte Gere and Judy Rudoe

Jewellery in the Age of Victoria rewrites the history of jewelry in the Victorian period. The age of Victoria is taken in its widest sense to encompass jewelry made throughout Europe and America, displayed at the great international exhibitions and distributed through foreign trade, illustrated publications, and a burgeoning tourist industry. Throughout, links with other disciplines provide both the specialist and the non-specialist with the information to understand how jewelry permeated all walks and conditions of life in the nineteenth century.

The focus of this book is on the attitudes of owners about their jewelry and the symbolic weight that it was expected to carry. Rather than concentrating on the major figures at the top end of the jewelry trade, it is oriented toward the social aspects of owning, wearing, and displaying jewelry. For example, novelists used jewelry to add a moral or metaphorical dimension to a character, while jewels depicted in portraits often carried multiple messages which could be immediately decoded by the viewer. The achievements of science, the fascination with nature, and the Victorian sense of humor are all embodied in jewelry. Topics discussed in depth include the importance of jewelry in the life of the Queen herself, jewelry and dress, the language of jewelry, the cult of novelty, the importance of nationalism in the revival of historical styles, and the contribution of archaeological discoveries. The volume is sumptuously illustrated with contemporary reportage, photographs, and portraits, as well as examples of jewelry from the British Museum and other collections.

552 pages, 500 illustrations (400 in full-color, 100 black-and- white). Hardcover; clothbound with jacket. 9 1/4'' x 11 3/4''.





  • 552 pages
  • 500 illustrations (400 in full-color, 100 black-and-white)
  • 9 1/4'' x 11 3/4''
  • Hardcover
  • Clothbound, with jacket


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