Queen Victoria made mourning jewelry a fashion trend. Here is a stunning example of a Victorian era mourning brooch crafted in 14K yellow gold and sleek black onyx with tiny white seed pearls, pearls being a symbol of tears. The onyx base features a concave elongated oval design. Each of the five pearls is held in a four prong mounting set into a square frame edged in intricate bead-work. The piece fastens with a 14K yellow gold tube clasp.
The brooch measures 2-3/16" long by 5/16" wide by 3/16" thick. It's in perfect condition with no damage whatsoever and the tube clasp operates properly. Marked 14K with a maker's mark of the letter O within a diamond shaped cartouche.
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Antique Victorian 14K Onyx Seed Pearl Mourning Brooch