During the Victorian era in England, jewellery trends often reflected the tone of current events.
During this period at the start of Queen Victoria's reign, jewellery often represented deep religious or emotional states. Religion was a central part of life, and with this came emphasis on ideas such as love and nostalgia. Cross pendants were popular, as well as lockets containing pictures of loved ones. Symbols drawn from nature were also popular. Snake jewellery was considered a symbol of eternal love. Jewellery reflecting the form of a flower was often lavishly adorned with gold and gemstones.
After the death of Prince Albert, jewellery evolved to represent more harsh and dismal ideas.