ANTIQUE GEORGIAN TWO CHILDREN MOURNING BROOCH PENDANT ENAMEL 18CT CIRCA 1800
This exquisite Georgian Mourning brooch pendant is set in 18ct Gold, Circa 1800.
Due to its age, Georgian jewellery is quite rare, with some pieces almost three hundred years old. From 1714 until 1837 four King Georges and a short-lived William gave rise to this extended period, spanning many fashions that are reflected in these stunning pieces of Georgian jewellery.
It displays a ‘Forget me Not’ set in Enamel, with Turquoise stones set as the petals.
The Turquoise stone has healing properties, it protects the wearer from negative energy and brings good fortune. Turquoise is the symbol of friendship, and also brings peace to the home. It is also a symbol of Forget me not.
"Forget-me-not, O Lord!" is what a poor German knight shouted as he fell into a river. He and his lady were picking flowers by the side of the river at the time when the poor knight suddenly fell in and sank to the bottom.
Upon his cries to the Lord, he threw the blue posy of flowers to his loved one. Hence, the concept of remembrance, eternal love and faithfulness grow from this.
The outer border is beautifully engraved, showing pristine Georgian workmanship.
The back compartment has a locket section with a piece of hair inside.
Inscribed on the reverse is ‘Memory of Dead George aged 6 & Henry aged 15 1837'.
Mourning jewellery mirrored the lives and times of the people who wore it. It was a souvenir to remember a loved one.
The brooch boasts lovely deep black Enamelled detail.
The brooch has a secure C catch and pin.
Purchased in London and steeped in English history.
This is a truly beautiful brooch locket that would look fabulous displayed on a Gold chain.
Weighs 6 grams.
Measures 25mm across x 30mm down.
Excellent condition all round.