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 large brooch or collar pin is made of a wonderful piece of smooth black onyx, carved into a decorative shape, and adorned with a gold and seed pearl lily of the valley motif. Seed pearls represented tears of sorrow, and lily of the valley stood for sweetness. A wonderful statement piece, it is versatile and like many of our treasures, unisex. Great to wear at the collar or lapel, you'll feel historically fashionable the moment you put it on!
Dimensions: 3 1/4"
Weight: 23.1 grams
Materials: Onyx, Seed Pearl, Gold
Condition: Excellent Antique condition