Sentimental jewelry, 'mourning' jewelry (jewellery), of the Georgian to Victorian era can seem a bit strange and even macabre to the new collectors, but consider that even today jewelry items are made to commemorate the loss of a loved one, or even a pet. Yes, it's true! A whole industry exists now to make diamonds from cremains (cremation remains). You can even pick whether the diamond will be fancy (colored) or not. Prices are out of sight, of course - mourners are known for not watching price against value, since they more deeply value their lost loves than anything, just as they did centuries ago. These remaining 'memento' or mourning jewelry items need not continue to house the loss of love, but can be reborn as mementos of any sentimental event: perhaps the lock of hair from a bride and groom, given as a wedding memento, or a jewelry item to house a snippet of your children's hair (come on, you know you did a baby book with a lock of hair included inside, right?). These are the same kinds of sentiments we mark still today. The locket backs open to allow you to put in the memento you choose, or you can enjoy their poignant beauty just as they are from so many generations ago. This one is a uniquely fine old 12k yellow gold adornment, once a brooch and now with bale for a chain, so pendant as it is, or can be restored as a brooch with the addition of a pin for the back (see images). Lovely layers of hand formed gold create a 3-D bouquet of sorts, leaves and a floral bloom with enameled stamen. Lovely and not so expensive owing to the slight imperfections, which I'm quite sure you won't even notice with naked eye.
Good condition, the lovely old hand crafted 12k gold brooch is not perfect. Yes, it has a complete and lovely original glass locket back, complete with the locks of at least 3 people (unidentified). But there are a few minor flaws we've noted on our images so be sure to look there. They are: pin is missing from back. There is a small bale, and some people prefer these as pendants, so we did not have the restoration work done. There are a couple of flaws on the 12k gold top side: some enamel missing on the stamen, and one section has a little missing gold which we only noticed in our large digital pictures. It fades from view to the naked eye. This is a large jewelry item, nearly 2 inches wide. Lovely!
Antique French sterling silver, Georgian jewelry, sewing, Black Forest, etc 17th to 19th c. European
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