Dubbed “The Grandmother of Europe”, Queen Victoria was known to have a complicated relationship with motherhood despite being greatly celebrated for her parental role to nine little royals.
Though Mother’s Day had yet to become a holiday, the late 1800s were a time when mothers were celebrated – especially in jewelry.
Acrostics and Symbols
One of the most unique aspects of Victorian era jewelry is its use of symbolic meaning. Acrostic jewelry made clever use of coded spelling with stones while crescents were often regarded as signs of fertility.
Lockets have long been considered the perfect place to store portraits, lockets of hair, and other itsy bitsy sentimental keepsakes close to the heart — plus, they look great when layered with other pieces!
Though the phrase "push present" wasn't part of her vocabulary, Queen Victoria may very well be the one to thank for popularizing the idea. She received a commemorative piece of jewelry after the birth of each of her children.
Whether you're looking to celebrate a mother in your life or yourself, you can always view our latest one-of-a-kind authentic antique collection online and enjoy complimentary shipping, or even book a private appointment with one of our jewelry experts.
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If you haven't yet heard the news, we are thrilled to welcome the newest member of our Walton's Family, Kate Elizabeth Garland, to the world! Our hearts are full of love for the Garland family and we're wishing an extra special Happy Mother's Day to the Walton's Matriarch 😍💞
Happy Mother's Day!
The Walton's Team