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GeorgianAmethyst and CitrinePansy Ring

This wonderful Georgian pansy ring is fashioned in 18k gold with colorful petals in alternating amethyst and citrine. "Pansy" comes from the French pense meaning "to think." Lovers of a hidden meaning, the five-petaled flower was frequently used in 18th and 19th century love token jewelry to express the sentiment "think of me." Each gem is edged in tiny gold granules with larger gold beads at the shoulders. The obverse of the head features a small round locket fronted with green glass. Originally, this now empty locket would have held a lock of hair presumably belonging to the person being thought of by the wearer.


  • Materials

    18k gold (tests), citrines and amethysts

  • Age

    c. 1820

  • Condition

    Very good - green glass fronting the locket is almost certainly a replacement

  • Size

    6.25, can be resized for an additional fee of $90; 9mm head, 1.4mm hoop





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Pansies:Think of Me

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