Antique 1840s Victorian 9 CT gemstone pansy fichu pin

A late Georgian or Early Victorian "fichu" or lace pin with a garnet and amethyst pansy held by a little hand. The five-petaled pansy flower was a symbol of love, affection, and sweet "pensées" to the Victorians. When the pansy appears as a decorative element in jewelry, it marks the piece as a love token or a sentimental object. This pin is a beautiful example of the "language of flowers" (floriography!) in jewelry, especially with the addition of the hand (a friend? a suitor?) delivering the blossom in this case. Flat cut garnets form the three lower petals and amethysts form the upper petals. A small amethyst sets the center. Set with closed backs. Beautiful as a pin or affixed to a chain as a pendant ornament.

Measurements: 2.0 grams, 1 1/4" end to end
Era: Early-Mid Victorian
Markings: N/A, tests for 9 CT

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