Condition: excellent condition - (more info on our condition scale)
Country of origin:Although it does not carry any legible control marks we believe this to be of Belgian origin.
Style: Victorian - Victorian decorative arts refers to the style of decorative arts during the Victorian era. The Victorian era is known for its eclectic revival and interpretation of historic styles and the introduction of cross-cultural influences from themiddle east and Asia in furniture, fittings, and Interior decoration. Victorian design is widely viewed as having indulged in a regrettable excess of ornament. The Arts and Crafts movement, the aesthetic movement, Anglo-Japanese style, and Art Nouveaustyle have their beginnings in the late Victorian era. - See also: Victorianor more info on styles
Style specifics: The Grand Victorian Period - Experts divide the reign of Queen Victoria, also called The Victorian era (1837 - 1901) into three periods of about twenty years each; The Romantic Victorian Period (1837 - 1860), The Grand Victorian Period (1860 - 1880),and the Late or Aesthetic Victorian Period (1880 - 1901).
We consider this to be of the Grand Victorian Period.
This second Victorian period is famous for its ostentatious pieces set with pearls and diamonds (from South Africa). From ca. 1850 wealthy English had reported about jewelry from India and Japan, which heavily inspired the jewelers of this period. Thisperiod also corresponds with the death of Queen Victoria's husband King Albert making mourning jewelry (set with heavy dark stones) the type of jewelry specific for this period.
Period: ca. 1880 - (events & facts of this era, poetry of this era, fashion of this era)
Source of inspiration: Mother Nature (see also: flower symbolism)
Theme: Pansy - The name "pansy" is derived from the French word pensée, "thought", and was imported into Late Middle English as a name of Viola in the mid-15th century, as the flower was regarded as a symbol of remembrance. The name "love in idleness" wasmeant to imply the image of a lover who has little or no other employment than to think of his beloved.
In William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, the "juice of the heartsease (other name for pansy" is a love potion and "on sleeping eyelids laid, will make a man or woman madly dote upon the next live creature that it sees." (From Wikipedia)
Material: 18K yellow gold - (more info on precious metals)
Diamond(s): One rose cut diamond. We do not have the weight of this diamond which is normal in our trade when it comes to rose cuts.
Precious stones: 109 natural half seed pearls
Birthstones: Diamond is the birthstone (or month stone) for April and diamond for April. - (more info on birthstones)
Hallmarks: No trace. - (more info on hallmarks)
Dimensions: 3,25 cm (1,28 inch) x 3,57 cm (1,41 inch)