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Early Victorian Gemstone Pansy Ring

$2,200

The name "pansy" derives from the French word "pensee" which means "thought". Ever big on subtlety, the Victorians devised an entire symbolic language of flowers. For example, a Victorian gentleman could express that he was thinking of his love by presenting her with a pansy. And she would understand what that meant! (Giving a pansy to a gentleman was considered bad luck). In fact, the pansy was considered to have magical love-inducing powers. The Celts and Ancient Greeks used the juice of a pansy as a love potion, and this floral elixir of amor even makes an appearance in A Midsummer Night's Dream. This c.1840 pansy is rendered using amethysts, aquamarines and a single emerald. 

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  • Materials

    18k gold (tests), 3 3.2mm x 2.3mm amethysts, 2 3.2mm x 2.3mm aquamarines, 1mm emerald

  • Age

    c. 1850

  • Condition

    Very good

  • Size

    size 5.25, can be slightly resized; 1cm x 1.08cm head, 1.4mm shank

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VictorianEra

18371901