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).
14k gold (tests), amethysts, citrines
1 3/8" length including the bale, 1 1/4" width, 20" chain
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1837 — 1901
Anthropomorphic, wild, and adorable, pansies were jubilantly translated into jewelry throughout the Victorian era.