Love token

Golden locket brooch with turquoises & pearl, around 1855

This piece of jewellery, a brooch, combines the most beautiful characteristics of Victorian jewellery of the 1850s into a coherent whole. Stylistically, these are the execution in rich gold in combination with colored stones and a pearl. Typical is also the fine hand engraving on the gold background, in front of which a naturalistically designed branch stands out vividly. A suspension in the form of a snake chain is also frequently seen on brooches of the period. But the brooch is also in keeping with the ideals of its time in terms of content: the first decades of Queen Victoria's reign are dubbed "The Romantic Period" in jewellery history because the jewellery was so rich in symbolic motifs and materials. Here, the floral engravings and finely sculpted branch are complemented by a row of turquoise, which, because of its color, was associated with the forget-me-not and forget-me-not, respectively. This very sentiment is reinforced on the reverse in the form of a medallion compartment into which the portrait or a letter of a loved one could be inserted, and still can be. The brooch is beautifully preserved. It is a wearable testimony of a bygone era that attached great importance to high quality finishes and rich symbolic language. According to its shape and design it was made in Great Britain, we discovered it in London.

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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.