This is a lovely memorial clasp, which dates to about 1840. It is a wheat sheaf, composed of the beloved's hair, and placed on a mother of pearl disc. It it 14 k gold , unmarked but tested,, and in perfect condition, and it weighs 7.16 grams. There is a band of gold wire and seed pearls tying the piece together. The wheat sheaf was often used to symbolize "peace and plenty." The clasp could be threaded with ribbon, or chains or seed pearls could be used to make a stunning bracelet. This one has not been altered, as so many have. The piece measures 1 inch wide and 1 inch long. Note: There is some controversy over whether the wheat sheaf theme is a memorial one or a sentimental one. I have read that the wheat sheaf was often placed in jewelry or hair pictures and given to French brides in wedding baskets, as a symbol of fertility. I have also read that it was used as a mourning symbol, especially when pieces of the "wheat," are falling. At any rate is is a very interesting theme to be found in early jewelry.
Early Victorian, Gold Mourning, Memorial Clasp, Sheaf of Wheat
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