Queen Victoria's reign and love of fashion were direct influences of Victorian Era fashion trends. Hearts, bows, flowers, serpents, and colorful gemstones were popular jewelry designs early in the Victorian period. The Victorian Era was also known for popularizing diamond solitaire engagement rings.
The jewelry designs during this period are characterized by soft graceful curved shapes and lines, delicate enamel colors, and feminine natural designs. Although this era was short, much of the jewelry designs created greatly emphasized the importance of jewelry setting rather than simply the gemstone.
Art Deco jewelry is characterized by bold geometric shapes, sharp masculine lines, and vibrant colors. Elegant dangle earrings and cocktail rings were essential pieces for women. One of the most significant developments during this period was the round cut style, which is a popular modern day diamond cut.
The jewelry styles in this era were more feminine and futuristic compared to styles of the previous period, but just as bold and brilliant. Retro jewelry included dazzling oversized jewelry and grandiose feminine motifs like bows, ribbons, and flowers. Much of these bold luxurious trends were inspired by vintage Hollywood glam styles.