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
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1837 — 1901
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Anthropomorphic, wild, and adorable, pansies were jubilantly translated into jewelry throughout the Victorian era.
Floriography allowed the Victorians to communicate their desires without saying anything at all.
Supernaturally powerful orbs.