"Keeping You Close"

SOLD Large Antique Victorian 14k, Pearl & Almandine Garnet Half-Mourning Brooch/Pendant

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  • Regular price $1,375.00

Beautifully crafted, this half-mourning brooch boasts etched ribbon-like goldwork, faceted almandine garnets, and two accent pearls (indicating tears of sorrow) on the front, and minutely woven fabric in a small locket under glass on the reverse. Once the period of deep mourning (2-3 years) was at an end, Victorians were permitted to reintroduce some color into their wardrobes. This signified that while life was going forward for the living, they still held their lost loved one dear. 

Our example can be worn as a brooch or pendant, as it has a bale as well as a pin clasp on the reverse.


Details (approximate)

Dimensions: 58mm x 42mm

Weight: 12 grams

Materials: 14K gold, Almandine garnets, pearls

Metal: 14K gold

Marks: none

Condition: Excellent antique condition; age tarnish or soil on the reverse surface.