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Signature Stories: The History of Victorian Monogrammed Jewelry

Tanzy Ward

Signature Stories: The History of Victorian Monogrammed Jewelry

Originally, monogrammed signatures were reserved for royal coins that identified ancient Greek and Roman diplomats from various regions. However, by the 19th century, it was common for many Victorian citizens to own a sentimental memento with initials carved into gold- and silver-plated accessories. Beforehand, monogrammed items were used to identify the work of local artisans and organizations synonymous with regional kingdoms. However, initial engravings on necklaces were common, with the famous Anne Boleyn 'B' choker-style accessory seen in various paintings of the British Queen. The decorative trend of signature mementos became increasingly popular during the Victorian Era (1837-1901), and could...


Victorian Trend Highlight: Collecting Sweetheart Bracelets & Its Intriguing History

Tanzy Ward

Victorian Trend Highlight: Collecting Sweetheart Bracelets & Its Intriguing History

The 19th century Victorian Era (c.1837-1901) was an expansive period that emphasized various symbolic memento trends. Many Victorian accessories often feature designs that are sentimental in nature, which includes religious and mythological references. One accessory in particular, the sweetheart bracelet, has an intriguing history that is both sweet and immensely symbolic.   Victorian Sweetheart bracelets were very popular memento sentimental accessories during the Victorian Era and early 20th century.   Originally, sweetheart bracelets were gifted to children, many of which contained paste stones and engraved initials. The trend became rather popular among women as well, and soon adult sizes were being manufactured. After...


Hidden Historical Legacies: Fascinating & Controversial Blackamoor Cameos

Tanzy Ward

Hidden Historical Legacies: Fascinating & Controversial Blackamoor Cameos

Although the word 'blackamoor' is a rather controversial term, the exquisite collection of African royal-like figures are elegant important representations to preserve. Over time, 'blackamoor' began to be used to describe a darker-skinned African of Moorish heritage that resided in the ancient Iberian Peninsula cities such as Mauretania & Al-Andalus. During the early Modern Period (c.1450s-1800s), stunning blackamoor cameos were created during the Renaissance Era. The remarkable portraits often incorporated jewelry onto the African figure, which is referred to as a cameo habille. There are several examples of blackamoor cameos from different periods, including 19th century Victorian Era antiques. Their high quality craftmanship complements...


Hidden Legacies: African Presence in European Antiques Book Inspiration & Release Date

Tanzy Ward

Hidden Legacies: African Presence in European Antiques Book Inspiration & Release Date

This year I began writing a non-fiction history book that discusses the lack of acknowledgement and acclaim related to African portrayals in European antiques. Hidden Legacies: African Presence in European Antiques, emphasizes the many fascinating overlooked antiques that feature African descendants. The book includes captivating images and highlights the historic significance of these important collectibles. Completing this book was very dear to my heart and allowed me to further analyze how important it is to include these images and stories in educational textbooks. I reflected on my personal encounters with learning about European history & cultural studies as an adolescent, and the lack...


Age of The Machine: How The Industrial Revolution Inspired Innovative Jewelry Trends

Tanzy Ward

Age of The Machine: How The Industrial Revolution Inspired Innovative Jewelry Trends

The first Industrial Revolution (c.1760-c.1840) ushered in a new way to create items and changed societies forever. No longer relying on everything being made from hand, factories began to produce mass quantities of goods at rapid rates. New social and economic conditions emerged, including an increase of middle-class families in Europe and America. The California Gold Rush (1848-1855) and the success of the railroad system created new opportunities that left a permanent impact on various industries, including expansion in the jewelry market.  (Claude Monet's 'Gare Saint-Lazare' Landscape Portrait  Inspired By The Industrial Revolution, 1877) The Industrial Age paved the way for a variety...