We have a rich background in Victorian Silver Jewelry as our Trading Company originally dealt in Western American Antiques such as Antique Firearms, Wild West Show memorabilia, vintage Cowboy and Antique American Indian artifacts. As we began our careers as jewelers making gold and silver jewelry, we have always been attracted to Victorian Silver Jewelry which we found to be incorporated in most all of the Antiques we dealt in. We have always loved victorian things including Victorian Silver Jewelry.
I, John Hartman, have created several lines of Jewelry with
the Victorian Silver Jewelry theme such as old Cowboy Jewelry, Vintage
Horse Regalia and I even worked
with the Fred Harvey Company to re-create a line of Victorian Silver Jewelry that resembled the Vintage Navajo Jewelry that was made in the victorian period. The Victorian Silver Jewelry style runs deep in my veins and today I have begun creating a new type of Victorian Silver with a Southwestern accent. I consider my new type of Jewelry as Victorian Silver Jewelry.
I have always appreciated fancy Silverwork from the victorian era and have collected Victorian Silver Jewelry and Gold Jewelry from that era as well. I have found Victorian Silver design to be very elaborate with engraving, carving and embellishments to make it appear dramatically fancy as well as dimensional. One element of Victorian Silver Jewelry that is very famous is the filigree wire design. I do believe people from the Victorian era were fairly proper and adorned themselves in high fashion clothing as well as elaborate Victorian Silver Jewelry as a form of high status.
I enjoy making fancy, dimensional and colorful Jewelry and for this reason I have been creating my style of Victorian Silver Jewelry. I have always been from the American Southwest so Turquoise is my favourite gemstone of choice. I also like Turquoise for its spiritual and metaphysical properties and do believe Turquoise brings happiness, good health and fortune to the bearer of the gemstone. In addition, Turquoise was one of the very first gemstone known to mankind, discovered prior to 6,000 B.C. I do use many other gemstones in my Victorian Silver Jewelry as well.
Below is a sample of some of the Victorian Silver Jewelry I have made. I hope you like my Victorian Silver work and if so, I invite you to visit this site often to see the new Victorian Silver Jewelry as it is completed. You can easily find my Victorian Silver Jewelry by typing in "Victorian Silver" in the search box.
Here are two different Victorian Silver jewelry designs by John Hartman. The Victorian Silver Ring on the left was made with Gaspeite, Spiny Oyster and Sugilite, Sterling Silver embellishments along with Silver balls accompany the gemstones in a victorian floral arrangement. The shank on the Ring is also hand stamped with a deep sunburst line design. As a whole this Sterling Silver Ring has a fancy antique victorian look in my eyes.
On the right is another Victorian Silver Ring in Sterling Silver with extensive Victorian Silver jewelry design work. This Ring is made with Arizona Blue Turquoise that is embellished with three dimensional Silver quarter moons, beaded scroll shaped designs, flowers and multiple types of Silver beading. Both of the rings above are great examples of modern Victorian Style Rings.
The Green Turquoise Ring in the left is an old Victorian Silver jewelry Style that was in high fashion in the Victorian era. This Victorian Silver jewelry was created by Crystal Hartman, daughter of John. Crystal is quite an artist and has a degree in Art, her work has been shown in many museums around the world. You can visit Crystals personal web site at CrystalHartman.com. To the right is another piece of Crystal Hartman Victorian Silver jewelry. This Ring has a Black Onyx stone and is embellished in a flowing Silver design. This type of work is done by using Jewelers wax and a special wax pen, you dip the hot point of the pen in different types of wax to add layer over layer of wax to create a piece of very artistic Victorian Silver jewelry work.
The Silver Ring on the left is quite unique with Coral, Sleeping Beauty Turquoise, Tortoise Turquoise and Sugilite gemstones with beaded and domed Silver work along with Silver beads and twisted wire designs. This is a great example of modern Victorian Turquoise Jewelry. This ring has a beautiful Victorian Silver Ring shank and is very attractive when worn. The Victorian Silver Ring on the right has Rhodocrosite and Sugilite gemstones set with Victorian Silver work.
The Victorian Silver Ring to the left has Carico Lake Turquoise Stones along with a Sugilite Stone. The ornate Victorian Silver jewelry work makes this beautiful Ring truly one of a kind and a piece that you will not see anywhere else. The Victorian Silver Pendant on the right has geometrical Sugilite and Gaspeite gemstones set in a fairly simplistic setting which puts a lot of emphasis on the stones.
On the left is a Victorian Silver Pendant with a Silver Ore gemstone. It has a Silver scroll design, quarter moons and graduated Silver beads. The bail dangles freely which allows this pendant to hang nicely from a larger chain. This High Grade Silver Ore pendant is a great example of modern Victorian silver jewelry. The Green Turquoise Pendant to the right has Silver filigree and scroll work with repose or high domed Silver work which makes this piece very dynamic. The bail has a black onyx stone that enhances that Victorian Silver jewelry style of the pendant.
To the left is a beautiful Lapis gemstone set in a Victorian Silver design that was designed by John Hartman and handcrafted by a Navajo Artisan. It is made with Silver wire that was shaped, filed and sculpted in many shapes. The elaborate Victorian Silver Pendant on the right has a Bisbee Turquoise center stone surrounded by lime Turquoise, Sugilite and Spiny Oyster stones. Silver scroll work, beaded silver and repose make this a colorful and fancy piece of Fashion Victorian Silver Jewelry.
To the left is a Victorian Silver Bracelet with blue Turquoise and Sugilite gemstones. This is a Silver Cuff Bracelet made with multiple types of twisted wire designs, silver beaded designs and multiple layers of Silver Scrollwork. This silver bracelet is a great example of modern Victorian silver jewelry. The Victorian Silver Buckle on the right is unique as the Boulder Turquoise stone is fascinating and then the Silverwork is equally fascinating. This is a great example of contemporary Victorian Silver Jewelry. The Silver designs around the stone are high dome repose which was very popular in the 1920's and I have recreated my version of high relief Silverwork that I have seen on U.S. money and Victorian era Antiquities.
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