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Antique gold brooch with enamelled forget-me-not flowers, Paris circa 1890
In earlier times, pieces of jewellery often had a deeper meaning and conveyed a message - as does this touching brooch. It is a symbol of friendship and affection that came to us from Paris. Crafted from 18-karat gold, the piece presents itself in a circular shape. The gleaming polished gold is inlaid with delicate enamel inlays that form a ring around the centered circle, accentuating its shape. A lush bouquet of forget-me-nots spills out from within the golden ring, also forged from gold but enamelled in blue and yellow. Since the Biedermeier years, the forget-me-not has been a symbol of tender remembrance as well as a farewell in love. The forget-me-not has a name with the same meaning in many languages, for example the Germans call it "Vergissmeinnicht". Brooches such as this one were understood as a pledge of affection, intended to ensure the lasting memory of the giver. The magnificent brooch was made around 1890. It bears a French gold stamp, which reveals that it was made in Paris.
"He who was born in cold December, the month of snow and ice and no cares, let him take a blue turquoise in his hand, and success will be his for ever." Author unknown, pamphlet published by Tiffany & Co. (1870)
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If for any reason you are still not satisfied, contact us and we will find a mutual solution immediately. Regardless, you can return any item within 30 days and we will refund you the full purchase price.