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Equestrian Jewellery

Equestrian jewellery is designs which include horses, horse heads, horseshoes, jockeys, and horse legs. These designs are often incorporated into a wide range of antique and vintage brooches, bracelets, necklaces, pendants, earrings, cufflinks, and statement pins.

Horse Jewellery: History

Equestrian jewellery dates as far back as ancient civilizations, where the bond between humans and horses was not only essential for work and transportation but also in culture and mythology.

The tradition of adorning oneself with equestrian-themed jewellery can be traced back to ancient civilizations like Egypt, where horse-shaped amulets and jewellery were worn to symbolise power and status. In ancient Greece, horse-themed jewellery was also popular, often featuring motifs of horses and riders.

During the Middle Ages in Europe, horse-related jewellery became more prevalent as knights and nobility celebrated the role of horses in warfare and chivalry. Horseshoe-shaped brooches and horse-themed insignia were commonly worn by knights and their supporters.

History of Equestrian jewellery

Equestrian-themed jewellery continued to evolve during the Renaissance and Baroque periods in Europe. With the rise of horse racing and equestrian sports, jewellery with horse motifs became more fashionable among the aristocracy. Equestrian-themed pieces often featured intricate designs of horses, horseshoes, and riding equipment.

The 19th century saw a resurgence in equestrian jewellery's popularity, thanks in part to Queen Victoria's love of horses. Equestrian jewellery during this period often featured sentimental elements, such as lockets containing a lock of a beloved horse's mane or tail hair.

In the late 19th and early 20th century, equestrian motifs were incorporated into the Art Nouveau and Art Deco jewellery styles. These movements featured flowing, organic designs and geometric patterns that included horse-related elements.

Equestrian jewellery has continued to evolve and adapt to the changing fashion trends and equestrian sports of modern day. Contemporary equestrian jewellery often includes pieces like horse head pendants, horseshoe bracelets, and riding boot charms. The materials used often range from the traditional metals like gold and silver to more modern materials like stainless steel and titanium.

Equestrian jewellery is often worn as a symbol of passion for horses, equestrian sports, or simply as a nod to the elegance and grace associated with these magnificent animals. Horseshoes, in particular, are considered symbols of luck and protection.

Many equestrian enthusiasts choose to customise their jewellery with personalised touches, such as engraving their horse's name or incorporating the colours of their riding club or team.

Our equestrian jewellery collection features a wide range of exquisite pieces that capture the essence of this historical era.

Equestrian Brooch
Equestrian Brooches
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Horse Jewellery: Symbolism

Equestrian jewellery often embodies symbolism, thus making it a popular choice for those who appreciate the symbolism behind the pieces they wear. As a motif, horses symbolise strength, freedom, and grace. Horses also have a connection to the nobility and chivalry of the past which further enhances the allure of such jewellery pieces.

Horse Jewellery: Popular Styles

The realm of equestrian jewellery has resulted in a range of different design styles which remain as favourites among many collectors and equestrians.

Horseshoe Jewellery

Horseshoe jewellery is steeped in symbolism, and represents luck and protection in one of the most unique and stylish manners.

This diverse collection of jewellery offers a range of options, from delicate horseshoe necklaces to elegant brooches, and allows individuals to express their connection to these meaningful symbols in a variety of different ways.

Traditionally, horseshoes are believed to bring good fortune when hung with the open end facing upwards, as they're thought to catch and hold luck. If gifted to someone, horseshoe jewellery is said to carry the message of luck and protection upon them, making it a particularly thoughtful and heartfelt gesture, especially for special occasions or moments when someone may need an extra dose of good fortune.

However, horseshoe jewellery can be a meaningful present at any time. Horseshoe jewellery is a versatile choice, suitable for both men and women, and can be worn to celebrate personal beliefs or simply to enjoy its aesthetic appeal. Whether as a fashion statement or a symbol of positivity, horseshoe jewellery is a unique and cherished addition to any jewellery collection.

Our collection features a variety of horseshoe-inspired jewellery and includes impressive pendants, brooches and cufflinks.

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Equestrian Brooches
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Horse and Jockey Jewellery

Horse and jockey jewellery celebrates the world of equestrian sports and the bond between horse and rider and embodies the excitement of horse racing, horse and jockey motifs are a beloved design style in equestrian jewellery. Such pieces capture the dynamic energy of this sport as well as its deep historical ties and often appear in antique and vintage brooches.

This distinctive design of equestrian jewellery often appears on elegant bracelets. While there are no specific rules for wearing horse and jockey jewellery, many choose to proudly display their passion for horses and racing by wearing these pieces as statement pins.

Gifting someone horse and jockey jewellery is a meaningful gesture as it symbolises the appreciation for the love of horses, equestrian sports, or a dedication to horse racing. It's a thoughtful way to acknowledge their passion and shared interests.

Horse and jockey pieces are often very versatile and can be enjoyed by both men and women, making it a perfect choice for those who hold equestrian pursuits close to their hearts, allowing lovers to carry the spirit of the racetrack or the equestrian world with them in style.

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Equestrian jewellery History

Such brooches featuring a full jockey, straddling the horse with visibility from both sides, are becoming increasingly difficult to locate; this desirable three-dimensional design indicates the high quality of the piece.

The popularity of horse racing and riding in the past has left an indelible mark on equestrian jewellery. Whether it's the glamour of the racetrack or the equestrian pursuits of the aristocracy, our pieces pay homage to a bygone era when horses were at the centre of leisure and sport. The exquisite craftsmanship and attention to detail in our jewellery reflect the dedication and passion of those who cherished these animals.

Equestrian jewellery remains popular among horse lovers, riders, and enthusiasts, serving as both a fashion statement and a symbol of their connection to the world of horses and equestrianism. Whether it's a simple horseshoe pendant or an intricate piece featuring a detailed horse and rider, equestrian jewellery continues to be cherished for its beauty and significance.

AC Silver is proud to showcase timeless beauty and historical significance through our vintage and antique equestrian jewellery collection—a category which is sure to capture the hearts of horse and jewellery enthusiasts alike. Find a stunning range of exquisite pieces, including brooches and cufflinks, that capture the historical essence and symbolism of horse jewellery.

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