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Early Victorian Gemstone Pansy Ring


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. 


  • 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