Georgian & Victorian Seed Pearl Jewelry
Back in the 90's before I started to design jewelry, I longed to be an antique appraiser. I love
all types of antiques and collectibles. I wanted to be able to value and date my fabulous finds. My collections consist of sterling & plated silver, brilliant cut glass, furniture and of course jewelry. To achieve this goal I attended the College of Appraisers in Placentia, CA (I believe the school is no longer located there. The owners have since passed away). It took me two years to complete the appraiser certificate program. Although I do not appraise for a living, the knowledge gained attending the classes were priceless!
Seed Pearl Jewelry was handmade during the last quarter of the 18th century to the end of the
19th century. A seed pearl is a natural pearl that weighs less than a quarter of a grain. The diameter is less than 2 mm. Can you imagine someone drilling a hole in these tiny treasures? A mother of pearl backing is used to attach the pearls with blond horse hair. The result is a absolutely gorgeous work of art. Dating these pieces can be hard. Dating clues include style and size of the piece. During the mid 19th century clothing became fuller and heavier, so the styles of jewelry became fuller with more open spaces.
The photos included in my blog today are pieces from my personal collection. Because of their style, I believe these beauties are from the Georgian Era. This era dates back to the mid 18th century. If you look closely at the back, you will see the horse hair that was used to attach the tiny pearls.