Fine handmade pieces of Georgian jewellery are extremely rare. One reason for this is that during the nineteenth century citizens gave their jewellery to assist in the war effort, having it replaced with cast iron replicas. Industrialisation and new manufacturing processes during the Georgian era meant that jewellery became more widely available. Also, global exploration meant that gems became more widespread in Europe.
Jewellery was usually designed based on the stones that were available, diamonds being very expensive during this time. Stones were not cut specifically for an individual piece; the most common stone cuts were ‘rose’ and ‘table’ cuts. Chokers and rivière necklaces were extremely popular during the Georgian era and many of the designs focused around themes from nature.
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