Antique Animals & Birds Jewellery

The period between 1837 and 1860 while Prince Albert was still alive is referred to as the ‘Romantic’ period, and the jewellery of the time certainly reflects the affection between the two monarchs.  Animal designs such as dogs, cats, horses, foxes and bird were all popular subjects for jewellery at this time.


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Antique Animals & Birds Jewellery

The period between 1837 and 1860 while Prince Albert was still alive is referred to as the ‘Romantic’ period, and the jewellery of the time certainly reflects the affection between the two monarchs. 

Animal designs such as dogs, cats, horses, foxes and bird were all popular subjects for jewellery at this time, each with their own meaning.

Snakes were also a particularly favoured subject, with diamonds or garnets being used to replace the eyes and gold for the bodies.

In fact, the engagement ring given by Prince Albert to Victoria was a snake with its tail in its mouth (a symbol of eternal love).

These pieces are often seen as forbearers to modern costume jewellery and are extremely rare and collectable.

Their value also comes from the extremely detailed craftsmanship evident in them, with very intricate details which would not be possible nowadays due to the high cost of labour.