Acrostic Jewellery, The Language of Love

There's something so romantic about secret messages and the lovers' art of speaking without words. The Victorians in particular loved attaching hidden meanings to everyday objects, such as flowers and jewellery - and a 'love letter' that can be read with a glance or kept close when the lover is away was held in high "REGARD". Acrostic jewellery is the art of spelling out a message to your loved one in the language of jewels.

Antique Acrostic Ring Spelling DEAREST

Image: Antique acrostic ring spelling DEAREST

It was way back in the 18th Century when Parisian jeweller, Jean-Baptiste Mellerio, designed the first piece of acrostic jewellery. Jean-Baptiste Mellerio was jeweller to the French Queen Marie Antoinette, and later produced acrostic jewellery for Napoleon to give to his Josephine. So what exactly is acrostic jewellery? Imagine a love token in the form of jewellery; a bracelet or ring with a hidden symbolic meaning. Of course a message could be engraved, but it's so much more significant to have a love note written in a secret code - the language 'd'amour'. Acrostic jewellery takes the first letter of the names of colourful precious and semi-precious gems to spell out terms of endearment, for example to spell out DEAREST a bracelet might be set with a Diamond, Emerald, Amethyst, Ruby, Emerald, Sapphire and Topaz. Other popular examples are... REGARD: Ruby, Emerald, Garnet, Amethyst, Ruby, Diamond. JE T'ADORE: Jet, Emerald, Topaz, Aquamarine, Diamond, Opal, Ruby, Emerald LOVE: Lapis Lazuli, Onyx, Vermeil, Emerald

FOREVER: Fire Opal, Onyx, Ruby, Emerald, Vermeil, Emerald, Ruby

ESTEEM: Emerald, Sapphire, Turquoise, Emerald, Emerald, Moonstone