Victorian Gold, Black Enamel, Pearl & Diamond Mourning Brooch
A sentimental, early Victorian mourning brooch designed with a single forget-me-not flower of seed pearls with a rose-cut diamond at the centre. Beautifully mounted on a black enamel panel, framed with a scalloped gold border.
On the reverse is a compartment with an original piece of finely plaited hair, securely held in place with the original piece of rock crystal. Complete with T-pin and C-clasp fitting.
Older brooches had longer metal pins for added strength and length for attaching to heavy, outer garments.
The face of the brooch is in good condition with all of the original pearls and diamond intact, there are however a few tiny marks on the enamel (only visible with a jeweller's loupe).
A beautifully sentimental piece of good size. Pearls were often used in mourning jewellery during the Victorian era to represent tears. The forget-me-not was also commonly used as a symbol of remembrance.
MEASUREMENTS: 45.5 x 38mm
WEIGHT: 20.9 grams
HALLMARKS: None test as 9ct Gold
CONDITION: Good antique condition (see details above)
DATE: Victorian (1837 to 1901)
PRODUCT CODE: BR401
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