The history of jewelry never ceases to amaze. Why? Because every time period had its share of beauty and majesty.
The Georgian period is no exception.
The Georgian period encompasses the reigns of 5 English kings (four were named George, hence the Georgian period). Georgian art refers to the English art and culture created during this time.
And though this period refers to England obviously, jewelry design displayed influences from historical events in France, Germany and Italy as well.
Characteristics of Georgian jewelry include, most notably, intricate metal work. Metals frequently used during the period include: silver for gemstone settings, 18k or higher yellow gold, iron, steel and pinchbeck (83% copper and 17% zinc).
Locating jewelry from this period is very difficult. Georgian jewelers often melted down what was considered “out of date” pieces to make trendier pieces.
You also won’t find authentic Georgian jewelry with stamps since these marks weren’t enforced until the 1900’s.