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Historical events in France, Germany, and Italy also influenced Georgian jewelry motifs and designs.Jewelers handcrafted all the jewelry of this period with incredibly labor-intensive processes.The pieces were black and made of various types of materials: gutta percha, vulcanite, bog oak, ebonite and black glass.

Often, the eras and the styles "blend," existing simultaneously, flowing and melding much like a river.

The best tool you have to decipher these clues is your eyes. Queen Victoria loved jewelry and soon her fellow countrymen were as enamored of it as she was.

There were many motifs characteristic of this time: flowers, snakes, crescents, lizards, birds, Celtic designs, Japanese designs, horseshoes and acrostics. A Victorian filigree diamond ring today is a much sought after piece.

The first letter of each stone spelled a word when put together. There was a wide variety of materials used in the jewelry: turquoise, coral, pearls, agate, tortoiseshell, cut steel, sterling, gold and various grades of gold, jet, French jet (black glass), lava, onyx and paste, low carat gold markings (9 carat) and gun metal "blackened steel." Jewelry had a "stamped," machine made look and feel.

Earrings are the definitive eye-catching accessory, and vintage costume jewelry earrings are a classic choice when looking to add some sparkle to your wardrobe.