A Look at Bridal Jewelry From 1850

Vintage Bridal Jewelry

Preusser Jewelers traces its roots back to 1850. That’s when William Preusser founded this company in Grand Rapids, Michigan, a frontier town of 5,000 people. Today, we pride ourselves on being a trusted name for fine fashion jewelry, bridal jewelry, and more. In today’s blog, we harken back to our roots and talk about bridal jewelry from around 1850.


Until 1852, jewelry of any kind was handmade. That’s something Preusser Jewelers can appreciate. Bridal jewelry, in particular, was fashionably constructed of 18-karat or 22-karat gold. Rings were embellished with colored gems, such as sapphires, rubies, chalcedony, amethyst, garnet, and topaz. Pearls were also popular. Diamonds weren’t quite en vogue just yet.

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Necklaces were very elaborate in terms of bridal jewelry. Many designs depicted flowers, leaves, and butterflies because Victorians loved nature. Seed pearls were all the rage in 1850. These tiny little gems were used by designers to create flowers with petals while gold or silver formed leaves. Pearls also went into butterfly wings. Elaborate seed pearl necklaces draped the front of the dress and stretched to the middle of the bride’s back.

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Talk to Preusser Jewelers About Custom Bridal Jewelry

At Preusser Jewelers, we care about your personal tastes when it comes to bridal jewelry. Our master craftspeople can custom-make unique and stunning pieces using time-honored techniques and current technology. Call us at (616) 458-1425 or contact us online for more information.

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