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The Era

Four Kings of England give their names to the Georgian era, which lasted from 1714 to 1830 (although the period is usually extended through to 1837, the beginning of Queen Victoria’s reign). The period was a hotbed for change, and England was engaged in near-constant wars fought by both the Crown and the East India Company, which had gained formidable power and was equipped with its own private armies. Jewellery was reserved mainly for the Aristocratic upper classes, with each piece individually crafted by a skilled hand. Elaborate fashions and hairstyles required similarly ornate – and often huge – pieces of jewellery; garnets, emeralds, topaz, and diamonds were popular, as well as corals, pearls, turquoise and various forms of agate.