Victorians were incredibly thoughtful and symbolic. Every aspect of their life from clothing to tapestries to paintings were brimming with symbolism. Jewelry in that period was no exception- be it on pendants, brooches, bracelets, rings and more – it imbued symbolism.
A specific symbol in Victorian jewelry was the crescent moon.
Crescent moons symbolize the feminine moon goddess, and as such, is associated with female empowerment. The moon also symbolizes change, for just as the moon cycles through phases, so does life.
Stunning examples of antique Victorian Era Crescent Moon jewelry are shown below.
The moon creates the ebb and flow of the tide; it casts light into the darkness of night. Thus the moon will always captivate and resonate with past, present, and future generations.
“Victorian Turquoise Crescent Moon Star”. The Three Graces Fine Jewelry, The Three Graces Copyright, 2002- 2019, https://www.georgianjewelry.com/items/show/18694-victorian-turquoise-crescent-moon-star.
“The Hidden Language of Victorian Jewelry”. Joy Jones Jewelry, Joy Jones Copyright, 20 August 2016, https://www.joyjonesjewelry.com/blogs/news/the-hidden-language-of-victorian-jewelry.
“Seven Meaningful Motifs in Victorian Jewelry”. Bejeweled, Bejeweled, 2017, https://www.bejeweledmag.com/seven-meaningful-motifs-victorian-jewelry.