This mid Victorian pendant is fashioned in she shape of a pansy with amethyst and citrine petals and a gold center. 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 to express hidden thoughts and feelings. 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 amore even makes an appearance in A Midsummer Night's Dream. Hangs from a new 20" 14k gold chain.
14k gold (tests), amethysts, citrines
1 3/8" length including the bale, 1 1/4" width, 20" chain
1837 — 1901
Anthropomorphic, wild, and adorable, pansies were jubilantly translated into jewelry throughout the Victorian era.