12K Gold Georgian Sepia Navette Mourning Brooch
A sentimental brooch from the Georgian era featuring a pensive woman in a garden of sorrow, mourning a lost love. This brooch dates to the late 18th Century.
The brooch takes on a oval form- and is often called a navette brooch. Under the original piece of bevelled, carved crystal glass there is a symbolic hand-painted scene. A weeping willow, a solitary figure, a funeral urn, all rendered in a monochromatic sepia tone as testament to the grief. The image of a woman in a long flowing dress is exquisitely rendered; she rests her elbow over a pillar that supports a funerary urn, represented by two embedded pearls. During this era, pearls came to symbolize tears, and were the preferred gemstone to decorate mourning jewelry. The pillar is also three-dimensional, and painted to resemble marble. When looping the image it appears as if some pearls at the top of the pillar may be missing, but they are nowhere to be found under the crystal. Around the image is luminous royal blue enamel that comes to represent the heavens and the importance of the dead. Around the blue is also a thin line of white enamel. The 12KT gold work that frames the brooch has a nice bold yellow, which complements the piece nicely.
The enamel, and curved glass of this brooch are intact. The hand-painted elements retain texture and are rich in color. The condition of this mourning brooch is quite superb, making it a rare piece of jewelry to find. It measures 1-1/2 inches by almost an inch.
The brooch features the engraved initials DR on the 12KT gold back, along with a gold bale. The bale always hangs as if upside down so that the wearer of this piece of jewelry can turn to see the scene of morning; this piece is made especially for the bereaved. This beautiful piece of history is ready to be hung around a necklace of your choice or worn on a lapel. An exemplary piece of mourning jewelry, perfect for any collection.
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