This wonderful Georgian pansy brooch is fashioned in 14k gold with five lockets each containing a lock of hair. "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." The border of each petal of this pansy is chased with an immaculately rendered foliate design with textured filaments and ovule at the center. The reverse side of each teardrop-shaped locket is engraved with a name or initials (FFF, James, B, D, Eliza), presumably the owners of the glass-encased locks at front. So special, so unusual, and in beautiful antique condition.
14k gold (tests), hair, glass
1714 — 1837
Floriography allowed the Victorians to communicate their desires without saying anything at all.
Anthropomorphic, wild, and adorable, pansies were jubilantly translated into jewelry throughout the Victorian era.
Jewelry made from hair allowed the bereaved to keep their loved one with them always.