This small Georgian mourning pin, made from 9k rosy gold, was made to rest on a lapel or shirtfront in order to keep a loved one close in one's heart and memory. A tiny panel at the center can be lifted out in order to place a small memento inside securely. Creamy seed pearls form a halo along the outer border with an appealing curved shape to the setting, turning downward at the edges, adding dimensionality when this sweet piece is worn. This piece is fresh looking and must have been tucked away and well. Taken care of, the signs of wear are noticeable only on close inspection.The gold setting has a bright patina with a minor amount surface wear and no dents or misshapen spots. The pearls are all in place and look original, they have a fresh look with a nice sheen that has minor surface wear and no chipping. The locket panel is intact without any chipping or surface wear to the glass. The glass panel and frame can be lifted out but may need a jeweler to do so if you are not experienced. The clasp had some repairs likely done during the Victorian era. There are no other irregularities to the setting or signs of solder or repair and the piece has a firm shape. Material 9k Gold, Seed Pearls. Mourning jewelry from the Georgian and Victorian eras were special, custom pieces designed in the memory of a deceased loved one. While many mourning pieces used dark materials like natural onyx or jet to convey grief, they were often surprisingly hopeful, as the majority of the western world believed they would one day be reunited with their loved one in the afterlife. Pieces incorporated symbols that represented this hope or the characteristics of their loved one, as well as locks of hair or small portraits. Today, collecting and wearing antique mourning jewelry is to honor the memory of a real person and appreciate the sentimentality of a bygone era. A young Queen Victorian assumed her role in 1837 and her taste in jewelry quickly became culturally influential, within England and beyond. Her relationship to jewelry was enmeshed with her husband, Prince Albert, who gifted the Queen for their engagement, a snake ring, embedded with an emerald (her birthstone) in its head. Continuing from the Georgian era and intensified by Queen Victoria. Taste, sentimental and figural jewelry was a major trend throughout the Victorian era.
When certain ideas and words were deemed too forward or improper to be spoken, jewelry and symbolic meaning was used to communicate what was left unsaid. _gsrx_vers_1233 GS 8.1.1 (1233). The item "Antique Georgian Mourning 9K Gold Seed Pearl Halo Locket Miniature Brooch Pin" is in sale since Friday, December 11, 2020. This item is in the category "Jewelry & Watches\Vintage & Antique Jewelry\Fine\Georgian, Pre-1837". The seller is "oxfordjewel" and is located in Altadena, California.
This item can be shipped to United States.