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When was Mizpah jewellery popular?
As Mentioned Mizphah jewellery first became popular in the 1850s and 1860s during the Victoria era and this continued through the 1880s before it became less popular. The jewellery experienced a revival, however, in the early part of the 1900s, when men required to leave their families to fight in World War 1.
Towards the end of the war interest in the pieces waned and they never really regained popularity, athough some “sweetheart jewellery” was also popular during World War II.
Why wear Mizpah jewelry?
The formality of the Victorian age meant that, courting couples had strict rules for example , they were often chaperoned on outings until they were married.
The social niceties of the time limited gift options between men and women. A man in those times would never have bought a woman and item of clothing, and giving a necklace or bracelet might have suggested a closer relationship than what was acceptable so people had to be very careful with what gifts were being offered. This is where Mizpah jewellery came into play as they could be safely exchanged as tokens of affection, while meeting the social requirements of the days. There was also the belief that Mizpah had a certain power, that it was some form of protection for the wearer.
What is Mizpah Jewellery made of?
Most Mizpah jewellery was made of silver. While a few special pieces were gold or gold and silver and occasionally Mizpah rings even featured diamonds, most of it was made of silver, as it was accessible to society as a whole.Some of the items, including the heart-shaped pins and lockets, could be broken two pieces so each person could wear a part.
How much is Mizpah Jewellery worth?
It is generally very affordable jewellery , as much of it was mass produced,. Mizpah brooches and pins in silver can range between £100 and £200 while gold pins can range from from £300 to £450 or more.