Culture of Remembrance

Victorian Medallion Brooch Set With Diamonds, Dated 1876

The citizens of Victorian England cultivated a distinct culture of remembrance, which was also reflected in their jewellery. They exchanged locks of hair, for example, which they carried with them in the form of jewellery, and attributed friendly and romantic meanings to certain precious stones and jewellery motifs. Around 1870, the locket in particular became the favourite piece of jewellery of the wealthy British woman, because photographs, locks of hair and letters could be safely stored in it. Today the locket is almost only known as a pendant, but at that time it also appeared in the form of brooches and even on bracelets. The present brooch has a glazed compartment on the back, under which we can read the date of 22 June 1876 engraved on it. But which day was commemorated with it, this can no longer be traced - because the little compartment is empty today. However, it must have been a happy occasion, not one of mourning, for the brooch would have been unsuitable for mourning due to its rich gold tone and precious diamonds. A half-carat diamond in a cushion-shaped old European cut stands at the centre of the design, forming the centre of a star whose rays are formed by further rose cut diamonds. Around the star, concentric circles unfold, formed of gold cords and spheres in the style of the so-called Archaeological Revival. An additional matte fine gilding - the so-called "bloomed gold" - gives the brooch a velvety glow. After almost a century and a half, it is still well preserved and ready to receive another keepsake.

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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.