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Aesthetic Period 1885-1901

Gibson Girl Sketch by Charles Dan Gibson. The Aesthetic Period of Victorian jewelry can be defined as one of reaction against previous jewelry periods. Victorians became disillusioned with fashions and furnishings and sought a way out of the conventions of the past,...

American Jewelry: Part I

American Jewelry: An Historical Timeline Colonial Jewelry 1600 – 1775 Shell Beads c.1500-1600, Florida.Photo Courtesy of the National Museum of the American Indian Natives of North America, in the time before European exploration, adorned themselves with shells,...

American Jewelry: Part II

American Jewelry: An Historical Timeline The First Fifty Years 1775-1825 Mourning Pendant c.1800-1820.Photo Courtesy of the National Museum of American History. Following the Revolutionary War, newly independent Americans began to look beyond Great Britain to the...

American Jewelry: Part III

American Jewelry: An Historical Timeline In a nostalgic wave created by the celebration of the country’s 50th anniversary, Americans began to take pride in previous generations and a mid-eighteenth century revival was born. In this time of relative prosperity, jewelry...

American Jewelry: Part IV

American Jewelry: An Historical Timeline The Close of the Century 1875 – 1900 Opening Day at the Centennial Exhibition in Philadelphia. CENTENNIAL EXHIBITION!PHILADELPHIA, PA.THIS GREAT INTERNATIONAL EXHIBITION, DESIGNED TO COMMEMORATE THE ONE HUNDREDTH...

Ancient Jewelry

Up until 2015, the oldest known objects that were believed to have served a decorative purpose for the human body were approximately 110,000 years old. Drilled shell beads from this time (the middle paleolithic period) have been found in a cave in present day Morocco....