June 7, 2016

Celebrate America With Jewelry

American Flag Patriotic Designer Diamond Jewelry

In honor of the patriotic summer season—Memorial Day, Flag Day, and Independence Day—let’s take a brief look at the role jewelry plays as an expression of patriotism.

Patriotic Designer Diamond Jewelry Rings & Earrings

Memorial Day originated in 1868, three years after the end of the Civil War. Originally called “Decoration Day,” its purpose was for the nation to remember its fallen soldiers and decorate their graves with flowers.

5.44ct Cushion Cut Burma Spinel & Diamond Ring

5.44 ct. cushion cut vivid Orangy-Red Burma Spinel set in 18kt white gold with 2 shield side diamonds.

Flag Day, June 14, commemorates the adoption of the U.S. flag, which happened on that day on 1777 by a resolution of the Second Continental Congress. President Woodrow Wilson first proclaimed June 14 as Flag Day in 1918, but Congress didn’t make it official until 1949.

Ruby and Diamond Star Stud Earrings

Ruby and Diamond Star earrings have 10 marquise-cut rubies surrounded by 471 round brilliant cut diamonds in 18kt white gold.

Opal & Micropave Sapphire, Ruby, & Diamond Earrings

Patriotic Martin Katz Opal Earrings with micropave sapphires, rubies and diamonds.

And, of course, Independence Day, July 4, celebrates the adoption of the Declaration of Independence by the Second Continental Congress.


So what does any of this have to do with jewelry?


Both the Civil War and the first Memorial Day occurred during the Victorian era (1837-1901). If you recall our discussion of Downton Abbey, the lighter, happier jewelry of the Edwardian period was the opposite of the somber, dark styles of the Victorian period, when black mourning jewelry was a popular trend set by Britain’s Queen Victoria after the death of her beloved Prince Albert in 1861. Today, however, in jewelry as well as fashion, black conveys sophistication rather than mourning.


In any country’s jewelry history, there’s likely to be some kind of jewelry that signifies national pride. In the United States, common motifs for patriotic jewelry are jeweled flags, eagles, and Lady Liberty’s torch, all of which are perennially popular and especially so in times of war or national crisis. But one doesn’t necessarily need to wear a flag to convey patriotism. Red, white, and blue jewelry makes a subtle statement of pride.

Stackable Rings Sapphire, Ruby & Diamond Microbands

Stacked – Red, White, and Blue – Original Microbands by Martin Katz

Sapphire, Diamond, & Ruby Toby Stud Earrings

An eye catching sparkle of red white and blue! Martin Katz Sapphire, Ruby and Diamond stud Earrings set in micropave diamonds.

Ruby, Diamond & Sapphire Stackable Microband Rings

Red, white and blue in gratitude! A blue sapphire eternity band beautifully styled between red and white Martin Katz Microbands.