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Queen Victoria’s Jewelry: Victorian Mourning Rings

When Albert died in 1861, Queen Victoria took to all black jewelry during her mourning phase. Mourning jewelry was popular already – such as rings with human hair inside of them, or initials.  But now they became even more popular.

Victoria’s mourning jewelry included jet rings aka black amber rings. Jet was a popular item found in mourning rings because it is black. Jet is fossilized coal or driftwood, and it it found in Whitby, England. It looks like black glass.

Mourning rings were a popular sort of Victorian ring. They kept the memory of the deceased alive, an

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Queen Victoria’s Jewelry: Opal Rings

Having finally seen The Young Victoria film with Emily Blunt, I am so intrigued by everything Victorian. And apparently, Queen Victoria was in love with jewelry. One of the things we know about Queen Victoria’s jewelry is that she loved opals.

She had a big influence in making sure the Opal gem, in particular, stayed popular. In the nineteenth century Sir Walter Scott wrote a novel called “Ann of Geirstein” where the heroine owned an opal that was unlucky. The opal would burn red when she was angry, and when it turned gray she died because her life force was stuck i

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