DO you love BBC’s Poldark? Don’t you just adore the gemstone jewellery? If so, then you’ve probably wondered about some of the pieces we see in the series – like what was that sparkling yellow gem in Demelza’s pendant? Find out what the women of the era really wore – and check out these beautiful jewellery items that you can create your very own 18th century look with.
1. The ring Elizabeth gave Ross
In Poldark’s day, finger rings were mostly worn as wedding bands or promise rings. During the previous century, European jewellers had finally developed the multi-faceted brilliant-cut diamond. So this meant that diamonds sparkled more than they had ever done before, and they were the gem of choice among the rich upper classes.
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2. Demelza’s gemstone pendant
Jewellery in Poldark’s age was frequently set in silver. Silver was of course cheaper than gold, but that wasn’t the only reason it was popular. Silver was the only white metal available then and its translucent colour was considered to enhance gemstone sparkle. Often copper was also added to silver jewellery to give it the appearance of gold. The gemstone in Demelza’s pendant in the ball scene is yellow in colour, which suggests that it might have been citrine or yellow topaz. We’re pretty sure Verity was wearing an opal pendant.
Magnificent gemstone and diamond jewels were an essential accessory for 18th century upper class ladies, especially during court appearances and balls. Pendants were worn on chains, but as you’ll have noticed from the series, the biggest fashion trend was to wear them on silk ribbons tied around the neck. This is a look you can easily create yourself with a sparkling gemstone pendant and a length of ribbon to match your outfit!
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3. Elizabeth’s drop earrings
Earrings worn by English women in the late 1700’s were almost always made in the shape of drops. Throughout the first season of Poldark we’ve often seen Elizabeth wearing drop earrings made with gold, pearls and gems.
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