Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Flower Jewelry for Gail Carriger's Characters & More

I love jewelry shaped like flowers, Fashionable Reader. Here is a retrospective of this style through history in terms of my books, because well, that's my perspective on things.

Finishing School

For Felix...

Pocket Watch  1800  Sotheby’s2

For Monique...

Diadem and Brooch  1850  Christie’s

For Dimity...

Earring set ca. 1850 via  The Victoria & Albert Museum

Necklace and Earring set ca. 1850 via  The Victoria & Albert Museum

Parasol Protectorate

For Alexia...

1870s  Sotheby’s

Custard Protocol

For Rue...

1890  Christie’s

For Prim...

Tiffany & Co., 1890s  Bonham’s

For Baroness Tunstell...

1890s  1stdibs.com

1900s  The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Marcus & Co., 1900  Sotheby’s

For the BFF...

Henri Terterger, 1900  Tadema Gallery 

For the Mum...

Digitale  René Boivin, 1947  Sotheby’s

For the Gail...

1955  Sotheby’s

Earrings and Brooch  Van Cleef & Arpels, 1958  Bonham’s

Cartier brooch ca. 1959 via Christie’s

Just because...

Shoes  Roger Vivier, 1966  The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Flower braid via Beauty Addicts on Facebook

"Large showy ornaments, by way of jewellery, are exceedingly ungenteel. They always tell their own story, of glass stones set in gilding, not gold. If you cannot obtain real jewels, never attempt sham ones. It requires no practised eye to detect them—particularly false diamonds."
~ The Ladies' Guide to True Politeness and Perfect Manners or, Miss Leslie's Behaviour Book
by Eliza Leslie (1864)

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  1. I'm sorry, but what you picked out for Dimity would look MUCH better on me!

  2. Amazing the hat is not a total mess. The baroness has matured and grown in her Fashion sense. Or hat was a gift. The braid is amazing. Reminds me of Empress Sisi.


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