Friday, April 10, 2009

Today's Vintage Jewelry Word - Regard Jewelry

Regard jewelry is jewelry which has been set with gemstones, the first letters of which spell out the word "regard." The stones included in the ring are Ruby, Emerald, Garnet, Amethyst, Ruby, and Diamond. The stones are set in this exact sequence.

Photo courtesy of Lang Antiques

Jewelry of this type were most often rings and brooches, but other types of jewelry were used as well. They first became popular during the Victorian period, beginning about 1840, which was all about love and romance. A regard ring is considered part of what is called Victorian Acrostic jewelry - jewelry in which the stone placement holds a special meaning for the recipient.

This type of ring was given as a token of love and friendship. True Acrostic Victorian Jewelry is very rare, although modern day jewelers are making Victorian reproductions of regard rings. All types of jewelry was made with the acrostic message regard, but rings were the most popular.

Another version of this type of acrostic jewelry is the Dearest ring. In this case, the stones spell out the word "dearest" and are Diamond, Emerald, Amethyst, Ruby, Emerald, Sapphire, Topaz.

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