The Forget-Me-Not flower was a very popular motif in Victorian Era jewelry, used not only in mourning jewelry (by virtue of its name), but in pieces given as affectionate tokens and declarations of love. Brooches were especially favored, and given to friends and lovers to remind them of the giver's regards, both amorous and platonic.
This particular style of brooch was quite fashionable, with its lovely enameled forget me not flowers adorning a lavishly styled ribbon forming a bow, or a "love knot" made of 14 karat gold with wonderful texturing and detail. The small pin has a tiny cabochon opal, possible indicating the birthstone of the wearer. The clasp on the reverse was used widely in France, but with no markings, the origins of this piece are unknown. It's a beautiful little trinket, a perfect adornment for a collar or lapel, and a great remnant and artifact of the sentimental Victorian Era!
Dimensions: 25mm x 25mm
Weight: 3.1 grams
Materials: Gold, opal, enamel
Metal: 14K gold
Condition: Very good antique condition; some enamel loss typical of a piece of this age.