Dating antique clasps
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.
After 1750, the emergence of Rococo style brought open, light, and asymmetrical lines to jewelry.
Notable archeological discoveries as well as wars also affected Georgian jewelry motifs.
From 1706 to 1814, the ruins of Pompeii were excavated.
In the 1760s, Roman and Greek motifs, such as Greek keys and laurel and grape leaves, were all the rage.
(Today, this Neo-Classical Georgian jewelry is very much in demand).
The news and discoveries of Napoleon’s Egyptian campaign (1798-1799) brought pyramids and papyrus leaves as motifs into Georgian jewelry. Jewelers used diamonds almost exclusively until colored gemstones made a resurgence in 1750.
The artisans had to hand hammer gold ingots and other metals into thin sheets before even starting to fabricate pieces.
Locating jewelry from this period can be very difficult.
Notable gem cutting styles included: As we’ve seen, families had memorial or hair jewelry created to commemorate departed loved ones.
This was a popular and very personal jewelry item during the Georgian period.
Other fashionable pieces included girandoles (ribbons or bows with three dangling gemstones) and rings in navette, oval, and rectangular shapes.