Antique romantic brooch with message, Great Britain circa 1845

Often the pieces of jewellery we sell were created as gifts, the aim of which was to make someone happy - and often they are charged with meaning. Rarely, however, are they as multi-layered as this brooch from around 1845. On the one hand, this happens through the gemstones used here. The large, voluminously curved brooch made of gold, with fine white enamels shows a set of Persian turquoises. These stones were widely used in the mid-19th century because their colour is reminiscent of the flowers of forget-me-nots - and this is the literal meaning of turquoise in the language of gemstones. The centre of the brooch is decorated with an arrangement in the shape of a violet, recognisable by its five petals. The violet, which is often treated somewhat neglected in German, has a wonderful symbolism in other languages and cultural areas. In French it has the epithet "(herbe de la) pensée", i.e. "plant of remembrance" and is therefore regarded by our neighbours as a symbol of loving memory. The English name "pansy" is derived from this French "pensée" and so the meaning of the violet manifests itself as "souvenir d'amour". It is also similar in Italian. Here it is called "viola del pensiero", "violet of memory". However, the meaning of the violet here is even more charged, as its petals are made up of different gemstones, making the brooch an "Acrostic Jewel", i.e. a piece of jewellery with a hidden message. The composition of the gemstones and thus their meaning can be explained by the first letters of their names. In detail there are one each: Ruby / Emerald / Garnet / Amethyste / Ruby / Diamond. The initial letters of these gemstones form the acronym "R-E-G-A-R-D", which in German can be translated as the somewhat unwieldy word "Wertschätzen". This brooch is a piece of jewelry that was certainly once purchased by a young man who was deeply in love, in order to express his complex feelings. If you feel the same way when thinking about a person, we have something for you here!

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We want you to be 100% satisfied! That’s why we examine, describe and photograph all our jewellery with the utmost care.

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.