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! This exquisite and very photogenic Victorian ring features a pansy rendered in pearls with a ruby ovule (note the half-formed layer of nacre on the largest of the pearls). The underside of the head holds a locket which once would have contained plaited hair but is now empty.
18k gold (tests), pearls, 2mm ruby
Very good - visible mark on the shank from a previous resizing
7.5, can be resized; 9mm head, 1.2mm shank
1837 — 1901
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.