19th Century 14 Karat Gold Mourning Portrait Brooch
An elegant antique Victorian era 14 karat mourning brooch, with three bevelled glass panels of descending size to fit into the form of the piece of jewelry. Typically, as a mourning brooch, a locket of hair of the loved one or also an image would be preserved behind the glass. The brooch has a nice bright cut, decorated edge with remarkably tiny detail and etched line work of swooping lines that make a foliage pattern. The oval crystal panels are in great condition. There is space for three different "portraits" or personal items of remembrance. To best add personal ephemera or photographs easily one can seek the help of a professional jeweler or watch-maker. The back is closed, with fitted pin with a C shaped clasp. This brooch dates to the mid 1800s when mourning jewelry was sophisticated and made fashionable by Queen Victoria. Mourning jewelry began because people wanted to remember their loved ones; this brooch is a lovely token of remembrance. It measures 2 inches wide by 1 inch high.
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