Queen Victoria's reign in England from 1837 to 1901 was a spectacular era for jewelry, as well as for technology and craftsmanship.
These developments made jewelry more affordable and accessible to the middle classes in Europe and the United States.
Queen Victoria was well loved by her people. She loved fashion and jewelry and her wonderful taste soon became widely followed by women all over the world. She was a true trendsetter.
The Victorian era can be divided into three periods:
1837 - 1860: The Romantic Period - when she was married to her husband Albert.
1861 - 1879: The Grand Period - after the death of Albert and Victoria's mother.
1880 - 1901: The Late Victorian Period - the Belle Epoque period of prosperity and optimism.
Romantic symbols in Victorian jewelry:
Queen Victorian was very much in love with Albert (as you can read about in many historical accounts).