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Mourning Jewelry: MJ130

FORGET ME NOT ( Victorian Mourning Jewelry Floral Hard Stone Cameo & Banded Agate Pin / Brooch ): Forget-me-nots are commonly used in mourning jewelry since they stand for remembrance and love in the Victorian “language of flowers”. What is uncommon about this Antique Mourning Brooch (c. 1870-90) is the beautiful setting of black banded agates with white bands – perfect for such a memento. Black colored jewelry became very popular in England due to the example set by Queen Victoria following the death of her beloved Prince Albert in 1861. The forget-me-nots are carved as “hard stone” cameos – elevated above their black background. The cameo and the agates are bezel set in “9CT” (marked) settings and soldered together. There is an empty chamber behind the cameo covered with beveled glass – made to hold a lock of hair of photo of the deceased love one. The brooch has a replacement pin back with a safety clasp. This is a scarce piece – combining the Hardstone Cameo and the always popular banded agate.

Condition: Very good. Two small chips – top flower petal and right flower stem.
Size: 2” wide, 1 1/4” high, 3/8” deep.


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