It's just so cool—stones were even shaped differently back then, when everything was cut by hand. I love the teeny tiny diamonds and the seed pearls.
I guess that makes me a cheap date.
The first thing that got me hooked, after my grandma's stuff, was this REGARD ring:
A "regard" ring in the Victorian tradition, but probably dating to the early 1900s. The first letter of each gemstone spells out "regard" from left to right (Ruby-Emerald-Garnet-Amethyst-Ruby-Diamond).
Whaaa how cool. Come on.