Beautifully crafted, this half-mourning brooch boasts etched ribbon-like gold-work, faceted almondine 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. Overall, it's a beautiful and opulent treasure with its own unique story in time.
Our example can be worn as a brooch or pendant, as it has a bale as well as a pin clasp on the reverse.
Dimensions: 58mm x 42mm
Weight: 12 grams
Materials: 14K gold, Almondine garnets, pearls
Metal: 14K gold
Condition: Excellent antique condition; age tarnish or soil on the reverse surface.