Novelty Jewelry

Novelty Jewelry refers to a distinct line of jewelry design characteristic of the 1860’s and 1870’s.


This new and hitherto unknown trend was primarily based on a certain naiveté and frivolousness: earrings being produced in the shape of windmills, scales, baskets of flowers, animals, watering cans and numerous other objects in daily use.


A ‘novelty’ par excellence, this line of design only amused and suited an ephemeral whim of fashion and, even though received enthusiastically, was discarded as soon as the fashion diminished.


The taste for novelty jewelry spread to sporting jewelry, which began a peculiarly English fashion but became current at a high speed in France and the entire Continent.





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