Dearest and Regard Jewellery: Romantic Jewellery for Valentine’s Day

In spite of Britain’s infamous reputation as a highly reserved people, Queen Victoria was a great romantic who wore her love for her husband and children on her proverbial shirt-sleeve. Queen Victoria’s love of her family inspired a wave of sentimental Victorian jewellery, which caused the British people to literally wear their emotions on their sleeves, if not anywhere else.

An antique dearest ring

For example, ‘dearest’  and ‘regard’ jewellery, where gemstones are arranged in such a way that the first letter of each stone spells out a word of endearment, became very popular. First, one would receive a ‘regard’ piece, and then, if the relationship progressed the suitor would present a ‘dearest’ pin or ring. A ‘Regard’ piece, includes, in this order, Rubies, Emeralds, Garnets, Amethysts, Rubies, and Diamonds. Likewise a dearest ring includes, in this order, Diamonds, Emeralds, Amethyst, Rubies, Emeralds, Sapphires and Topaz.

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  1. Posted May 8, 2012 at 9:56 PM | Permalink

    i like this site. this article is very useful .

  2. Posted April 17, 2012 at 2:54 AM | Permalink

    i like the bracelets!! it’s very beauty.

  3. Posted April 9, 2012 at 5:41 AM | Permalink

    This bracelet is very beautiful, I really like this style and such this design.

  4. Posted March 26, 2012 at 10:00 PM | Permalink

    Very elegant! I bet, every woman would love to have this ring.

  5. Posted March 23, 2012 at 12:12 AM | Permalink

    Few people are unaware of the significance and meaning behind each gemstone. I foe one love dearest rings and what each stone signifies…

  6. Posted March 7, 2012 at 12:46 AM | Permalink

    This jewellery is very beautiful and cute . I love it .

  7. Anjie
    Posted March 3, 2012 at 3:56 AM | Permalink

    I love it!