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, emeralds and citrines.
14k gold, silver, amethysts, emeralds, citrines
Good - Bottom citrine is a replacement of the original
4.5, can be resized for an additional fee of $90
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1837 — 1901
Anthropomorphic, wild, and adorable, pansies were jubilantly translated into jewelry throughout the Victorian era.