Victorian Silver

The industrial revolution was booming during this period and of course this had a vast impact on jewelry manufacturing. Silver was extensively used in stamping and die striking. This technique developed in the Late Georgian period and was perfected right through the Victorian era.

After Victoria and Albert bought Balmoral in Scotland in 1848 Scottish agate jewelry became a trend. These items were predominantly executed in silver in good Northern European tradition.

The Arts and Crafts sub-period, which was essentially a reaction to the above described industrialization of jewelry manufacturing, at the end of the Victorian period, saw another trend in silver jewelry. The design of Arts and Crafts Jewelry was of primary importance. The intrinsic value of the metal and gemstones was really of secondary importance. In Arts and Crafts jewelry, cabochon cuts, usually bezel-set, were preferred over faceted stones and silver was preferred over gold.