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GeorgianEmerald & DiamondMourning Pendant

The wheat motif is a Christian symbol used in Victorian memorial jewelry to represent the divine harvest. The mature cut wheat is a metaphor for the end of life and also for the resurrection. The wheat theme is touched on many times in the Bible, but the idea is made most clear here: "Most assuredly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it produced much grain" (John 12:24). This incredible navette-shaped Georgian mourning locket is made in silver with a frame of rose cut diamonds and flat cut emeralds. The glass-fronted locket holds a lock of hair beneath a silver and diamond sheaf of wheat bound together with a bow. The reverse side is engraved "Carne [Caroline] Cumming died at Paris 11 Augt [August] 1822."


  • Materials

    Silver, flat cut emeralds, rose cut diamonds, hair

  • Age

    Engraved for 1822

  • Condition

    Very good - bale was missing and we have added a replacement

  • Size

    1 1/2 x 1 1/8"

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please note:Terms of Sale

Antiques can be returned unworn and in original condition within 10 days of delivery for an exchange or refund minus the cost of shipping. Once a piece has been altered, including ring re-sizing, it is FINAL SALE.

RelatedHistory Lesson

Hair Jewelry:Worn in Remembrance

Jewelry made from hair allowed the bereaved to keep their loved one with them always.

RelatedHistory Lesson

Lockets:Magical, Medicinal, Memorial.

It’s hard to pinpoint when modern-day lockets were invented, but it’s believed that they evolved from ancient amulets.