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Instruction for braided hair jewelry. From Godey's lady's book, 1860. New York Public Library.

Instruction for braided hair jewelry. From Godey's lady's book, New York Public Library.

Message jewelry were often used as sentimental tokens of affection in the Victorian period; Mizpah messages were some of the most popular. This type of jewelry was usually given to one's lover at the onset of a period of separation, as mizpah is the emotional connection between two separated loved ones.

Message jewelry were often used as sentimental tokens of affection in the Victorian period; Mizpah messages were some of the most popular. This type of jewelry was usually given to one's lover at the onset of a period of separation, as mizpah is the emotional connection between two separated loved ones.

French and Whitby jet jewelry. From Harper's bazaar, Feb. 24, 1872. New York Public Library.

French and Whitby jet jewelry. From Harper's bazaar, Feb. New York Public Library.

Old print from 1898 depicting 15 kinds of diamonds, including the Orlow, Regent, Polar Star, Kohinoor, The Pasha from Egypt and others.

Old print from 1898 depicting 15 kinds of diamonds, including the Orlow, Regent…

At the sea-shore."  1863  From The Peterson magazine.

At the sea-shore." 1863 From The Peterson magazine.

Jewellery in Gold. From Masterpieces of industrial art & sculpture at the International Exhibition 1862. New York Public Library.

Jewellery in Gold. From Masterpieces of industrial art & sculpture at the International Exhibition New York Public Library.

Victorian Revival Coral Cameo and Green Enamel Floral Bracelet, circa 1940

Victorian Revival Coral Cameo and Green Enamel Floral Bracelet, circa 1940

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