Mourning jewelry has existed for centuries, but it wasn't until Queen Victoria's beloved consort, Prince Albert died at the young age of 42 in 1861 that the custom became a wildly popular fashion statement. Generally, Victorians remained in mourning for at least one year, and longer. The women were required to wear black clothing and jewelry to show their respect and love for the deceased. It became common for the family to commission mourning pieces to wear, and give them as remembrance gifts at the funeral.
This sizeable mourning brooch is made of 14 karat yellow gold, with an oblong onyx stone as the background, showcasing a seed pearl in the center of a star motif, a popular design from the Victorian Era. Bordered with thirty two natural seed pearls, it has a timeless and sophisticated quality desired in today's fashions, while upholding a somber and sentimental piece of history.
Dimensions: 50mm x 19mm
Weight: 13.1 grams
Materials: Gold, Onyx, Pearls
Metal: 14K yellow gold
Condition: Very good antique condition