New Charmed Luxe: Modern Victorian Jewelry
Having the courage to be strong, follow your own heart and mind, and be the ruler of your own destiny - in a sense, be the queen of your own life. This is what the new Modern Victorian jewelry designs are all about.
These designs are inspired by the fashions and jewelry styles of the Victorian era, which were greatly influenced by England's Queen Victoria, a strong-minded young woman who took the throne at the age of 18 who followed her own heart and mind when it came to how she ruled, how she lived, and what she wore..
The jewelry during this period reflected a person's wealth, social standing and status, and its design and color changed with the events that changed the queen's life. At the beginning of the Victorian era, it was popular for nobility to wear jewelry adorned with small pearls, and richly colored rose cut or cabochon cut gemstones, especially when it came to engagement and wedding rings. However, after the death of the queen's beloved husband, Prince Albert, her style took a somber turn, which then influenced jewelry to be adorned with dark colored, black, and deep red gemstones, like black spinel, onyx, and red garnet.
Throughout whatever life threw at her, Queen Victoria stayed true to herself, and ruled, lived, and dressed in whatever way that expressed who she was at that time of her life - all the while never letting anyone forget she was the queen.
The new Modern Victorian jewelry is all about being yourself, feeling empowered and beautiful, and living life your way. The collection is a mix of vintage Victorian style with a modern attitude by incorporating the Victorian use of richly colored gemstones set in more modern yet feminine decorative open-work designs that range from curving infinity symbols, to open-work bezel settings, to unique stackable rings, to crown-inspired details, such as the fleur-de-lis, which was taken from the design of the queen's coronation crown.
They are meant to be delicate in size, yet bold and strong - just like a woman who is in control of her own life. Because, as the queen once said, "We are not interested in the possibilities of defeat; they do not exist."