Victorian Sterling Silver Seed Pearl Pansy Flower Spray Brooch Pin
Excellent condition. Fresh looking, soft wear is noticeable only on close inspection.
* Silver setting has a bright patina with minor surface wear.
* No dents or imperfections to the shape or signs of repair.
* Seed pearls are all in place and look original.
* Clasp is secure, the pin may have been replaced and is not sterling.
Era Late Victorian / Edwardian
Length 2 1/2"
Mark No mark
Weight 9 grams
Material Tests for sterling silver, natural seed pearls
Made by hand or in small groups of similar styles, vintage jewelry is individualistic with its own special history.
* Pansy flower was a popular Victorian symbol used to signify secret courting.
* Inset with creamy seed pearls in a range of tiny sizes is a special detail.
* Full-sized silhouette with a dimensional and detailed design that resembles a miniature corsage at your lapel.
On Floriography. The language of flowers, or Floriography, is rooted in the Victorian era. It refers to the assignment of special emotional meanings to certain flowers. Including those flowers in jewelry was a way to slyly convey one's feelings in a society that discouraged showing your emotions. For example, red roses were (and still are today) associated with romantic love and passion, while forget-me-knots were associated with remembrance.
On Victorian. A young Queen Victoria assumed her role in 1837 and her taste in jewelry quickly became culturally influential, within England and beyond. Her relationship to jewelry was enmeshed with her husband, Prince Albert, who gifted the Queen for their engagement, a snake ring, embedded with an emerald (her birthstone) in its head. Continuing from the Georgian era and intensified by Queen Victoria's taste, sentimental and figural jewelry was a major trend throughout the Victorian era. When certain ideas and words were deemed too forward or improper to be spoken, jewelry and symbolic meaning was used to communicate what was left unsaid.