Antique 10K Gold and Rose Gold with Pearl Center Love Knot Pin or Brooch
Victorians liked to use symbols to convey a thought, as was the case with this Antique 14K Gold and Rose Gold Pearl Centered Victorian Love Knot Pin or Brooch from the early 1900s. It meant “My love for you has no end” And a pearl meant tears, so this pin was worn by a woman that lost a love she will never stop loving. Perhaps her brother went to sea on a 3 Masted Schooner and never returned, perhaps her sister was taken by a fever, so common in those days. Why she wore it is lost to time, but the meaning behind this pin lives on through the ages.
Weighing 1.7g and approximately 7/8” wide it is clearly marked 10K on the top of the “C” closure clasp. A tiny half Pearl is prong set in the center of four (4) intertwining circles. Two are smooth circles with beading around the edge and two are embossed with swirls and swags along with the edge beading.
The smoother circles are done in a more Rose colored Gold than the two with the design, they are in the Yellow Gold color. (I have taken the photo's in several different light applications so that you can get a better sense as to how it may look when put on.) The back is open and you can easily see the bridges between each circle. These give the delicate metal stability and substance for without them it would bend out of shape quickly.
CONDITION is Excellent Vintage as most of my offering are. There are no flaws to speak of that would show with the unaided eye. A few very light marks can be seen on the smooth surface in my high resolution close up photo's. However this is expected and only tells you that it truly is what I say it is. A piece of jewelry over 100 Years old.
While it is not considered Mourning Jewelry it certainly is a sign of loss in this case. While we conger images of women in black for the rest of their lives when we think of mourning attire one was only required to do so for specific lengths of time which varied depending on the relationship to the deceased. The longest length being the case of one's husband passing, it was required to dress in mourning clothing and color for no less than two years, however even this subsided toward the end of that period. The color of cloth lightened as the mourning period progressed to gray, mauve, and white – called half-mourning.
Once the time for wearing black had passed, women still wanted to put on a piece of jewelry that would show the loss of a loved one. Many wore the Hair Jewelry we see today, but others chose the Love knot with a pearl, to remember their departed. As was the case with my husband's Great Aunt. It is no longer known exactly whom she mourned and remembered with this pin or how they passed, but it is known that she always wore it in the entire month of September.
When Fred's father presented it to his wife after they were married he told her it now meant his unending love for her, and the small "tear" meant that it was the most that he hoped he would ever cause her to shed over him. A beautiful sentiment if I must say so myself.
There are certain family pieces of jewelry that I am passing on to others, simply because it is time to do so.
Please see my “Terms of Sale” for the particulars on my shop's “No Reason Needed” Return and Refund Policy. I want you to be confident that you will never be stuck with anything you purchase in my shop. Expedited shipping is available should it be needed.
One final explanation as to why this pin is priced as low as it is. Love knot pins are plentiful on the internet as they were a popular piece of jewelry in Victorian times. I do not have the overhead of the Jewelry stores selling on Ruby Lane and I did not have to purchase this pin as others may have. When the price of Gold is up as it is, I do not try to gouge you with inflated prices. I simply want my things to find a new forever home, and I am hoping that will be with you.