Forget-Me-Not

Antique medallion pendant with diamonds in gold, Russia around 1900

Even in the 19th century, the great European cities were connected with each other - ideally and politically, quite literally through the travel routes, but also fashionably. Thus the present medallion, which according to its hallmark was made in Russia between 1899 and 1908, could also have been worn by a wealthy lady in an English or German city. The medallion is designed as a plain oval of gold, which can be worn by a loop on a gold chain or velvet ribbon. An additional fine gold plating over the actual reddish gold gives it a matte, velvety shimmer. The focal point of the pendant is a sculpturally applied flower whose fine gold bars are set with old- and rose-cut diamonds. A bud and a five-petalled blossom sprout from between two leaves, reminiscent of a forget-me-not and thus probably alluding to the purpose of the medallion, for the blossom also bears a name similar in meaning in Russian. Inside the medallion are two red gold frames, behind which there is space for two pictures, letters or locks of hair.

In the 19th century, lockets were indisputably among the most popular pieces of jewellery, enjoying great popularity among all social classes. Stored close to the heart, medallions could always keep alive mementos of loved ones or happy events, protected from prying eyes. When photography became affordable in the course of the century and the new light pictures replaced the previously common miniature paintings, the fashion arose to also carry these small marvels of technology in a locket. Depending on taste and purse, the jewelers and goldsmiths of those years produced very different pieces in tombac, silver or gold.

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