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Victorian Gemstone PansyPendant


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. 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). This Victorian era pansy is rendered using amethysts, emeralds and citrines and accented with cannetille and granti to create drama and texture.


  • Materials

    18k gold (tests), amethysts, citrines, emerald, new 14k gold chain

  • Age

    c. 1860

  • Condition

    Very good

  • Size

    13/16" length including the bale, 1/2" width, 18" chain





RelatedHistory Lesson

Floriography: The Secret Language of Flowers

Floriography allowed the Victorians to communicate their desires without saying anything at all.