|The Victorian jewellery period can be subdivided further into the Early Victorian Jewellery – Romantic period (1837–1855), the Mid Victorian – Grand period (1856–1880) and the Late Victorian – Aesthetic period (1885–1900). Victorian Jewellery made up until 1850 was produced by hand making it rare to find two identical pieces. This hand made jewellery is therefore more sought after than the machine produced jewellery that was introduced from 1850 onwards.
Victorian Engagement Rings and Jewellery were frequently made from 15ct gold, making them quite yellow (reflecting the gold content) by today's standards. In 1854 12ct and 9ct were introduced, although 12ct and 15ct were then discontinued in 1932.
The Early Victorian Engagement Rings and Jewellery were frequently inspired by nature, creating intricate designs etched in 15ct gold. Coloured gemstone designs were typically worn during the evening
The Mid Victorian Engagement Ring and Jewellery period corresponds with the death of Prince Albert in 1861, Queen Victoria's husband. As a result the designs of the time were less bright and ostentatious, and are frequently referred to as mourning jewellery. These pieces often incorporate dark stones such as Jet and Onyx.
The Late Victorian Engagement Ring and jewellery period ends the Grand period dramatically with bright designs incorporating diamond, sapphire and spinel. Hat-pins also define the period, being commonly worn as an every-day item.