Design Your Own Family Keepsake
Combine Fire Opal with any gemstone to create your own unique family keepsake with the birthstones of your loved ones, or your favorite combination of colors.
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Ornaments for every part of the body shared an affinity with antique styles: on the head, women wore frontlets and diadems, combs, triple chains, and strings of pearls. Ferrorrieres, such as had been popular in the fifteenth century, were worn generally in the same style, with a jewel strung on a fine gold chain or velvet ribbon and tied around the forehead. In Germany, versions of many of these pieces were made in cast-iron, and cuts of hair were plaited into rings, bracelets, necklaces, watch-chains, and ornamental landscapes, sometimes as an affectionate gift to a friend or lover, but mostly in situations that related to mourning the deceased.
After Napoleon, jewelry for men declined in popularity. Almost all that remained for men to wear were seals hanging from fobs, or watches hanging from chains. The Romantic period began around the year 1830, and women during this time were obsessed with chivalry and all things medieval. Gothic influence is clear in Romantic jewelry, which was sometimes sculpted to resemble knights on horseback or ladies in medieval dress, but was sometimes a mannered version of the architectural styles of the Gothic period, updated with the development of machinery that could assist in the manufacture of thin goldwork. In the middle of the century, Rococo styles were revived. These were years in which countless antique and valuable ornaments were deconstructed, their diamonds and precious stones reset into newer settings and their beautiful metalwork melted down; this is of course ironic because of designers’ strong interest in the past, but the styles were revived and mixed and convoluted, and many actual antiques were lost.
Mid-century, jewelry suddenly underwent a modern revival. During this period, the working of gold and silver became important and fine stones regained an elegant prominence in settings. Religious symbology had been under steady decline in fashions, and it is only in French and German peasant jewelry of the period that one finds crosses and other Christian symbols with real regularity. The fashionable courts of Europe had become far more entranced with naturalistic and then ornate, decorative forms, than with the symbols of their religion.
Men in Victorian England wore jewelry that had fairly practical connotations: this is the generation in which the stickpin, the ring, the cuff stud and the cravat stud became associated with masculinity. This is in part because men began wearing what we recognize now as suits.