Acrostic Jewelry: Spelling with Gems

Victorian jewelry is filled with sentimentality. Think of all the trinkets worn to remember a loved one like lockets, portrait rings, hair jewelry, mourning jewelry, lover’s eye jewelry, and memento mori.

Well, here is another, acrostic jewelry.

I especially like acrostic jewelry because it uses gemstones to spell out a romantic phrase or word.

Georgian 'dearest' ring. c. 1820 via The Spare Room Antique Jewelry.
Georgian ‘dearest’ ring. c. 1820 via The Spare Room Antique Jewelry

Basically, you use the first letter of a gem to spell out a word or message.

Here are some popular ones:

REGARD: Ruby, Emerald, Garnet, Amethyst, Ruby, Diamond

ADORE: Amethyst, Diamond, Opal, Ruby, Emerald

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

LOVE ME: Lapis, Opal, Vermeil, Emerald, Moonstone, Emerald

DEAREST: Diamond, Emerald, Amethyst, Ruby, Emerald, Sapphire, Topaz

*Vermeil is a word that was used for garnet. It stands for V or J in acrostic jewelry.

The idea of acrostic jewelry was first introduced by a French jeweler, Mellerio, in 1809, so technically this trend started in the Georgian era and carried on well into the Victorian era. You will also find French acrostic jewelry spelling out French words like Amitié, Amour, Je t’aime, and Souvenir since it all started in France!


Thought I’d try my hand at coming up with some of my own more ‘modern’ sentiments with our own gemstones – using the list provided by Jewelry Making Daily made it real easy!






Cheated a little bit with this one … used ‘yellow opal’ for Y …


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