The History of Christmas Jewelry

The History of Christmas Jewelry

Posted by The Wish Pearl on 2018 Dec 2nd

When we first decided to write about this topic, we were expecting to see much older jewelry designs than we uncovered.

But when you think about it, it is true that historical records tell us that the first Christmas celebration was around 336 A.D. However, there may have been illusions about first, of course, the birth of the Christ child; the evolution of the term Pisces from the tale of the loaves and fishes; the Winter Solstice; and more, one can obviously see in the pictures and historical accounts that this was hardly about, wait for it…


Fast forward a long way to Britain’s Queen Victoria, a forward mover and shaker in many ways, and whose ascendance to the throne as Queen of England began on 20 June 1837 and continued until her death on 22 January 1901. Christmas was a big deal and has remained so since with people wearing jewelry such as brooches with trumpeting angels, renditions of Jolly Old St. Nick, pins with red-nosed reindeer, and silver bells.

The advent of Christmas Tree jewelry kind of how we know it today started around 1940. Red and green rhinestones adorned metal pins. Stanley Hagler was one of the better known Christmas Tree pin designers beginning in the 1950s. His pins were a bit more ornate and designed differently. Remember the triangular shaped, more squat type of trees? Chances are those were Hagler’s. They were often adorned with beads made from Murano glass. One of his more interesting and renowned designs were trees made of mother-of-pearl adorned with red-glass flowers.

Hagler was an associate of the famous Miriam Haskell’s, as was Larry Vrba, whose signature jewelry, Christmas and non, was very ostentatious, and looked like medals more than that of actual trees. Kind of like they honored the holiday.

Along came Trifari Christmas Tree pins which looked much more like actual trees than their predecessors. With red rhinestones depicting ornaments, the branches were constructed with jade glass. Other Trifari pins had brushed gold with just a small amount of beading, or a partridge in a pear tree, for example.

Users of Austrian crystal beads included Cristobal of London in its trees. Hollycraft utilized rhinestones placed into trees of gilt-metal. Eisenberg Ice creative Christmas tree pins that were adorned with frosted white enamel and ruby and emerald rhinestones.

Suffice it to say, you will be all in style with a Christmas tree pendant set. The Wish Pearl has a beauty, and it would be well worth your time going to our site to check it out.