Victorian Turquoise Forget-me-not Brooch/Pendant c.1890
A beautiful antique brooch/pendant designed as a bunch of forget-me-not flowers.
A versatile piece of jewellery, this lovely piece is designed as a posy of forget-me-nots flowers each comprising 5 cabochon turquoise stones set with a with small diamonds to the centre. The posy has diamond set leaves and stems and a diamond set bow.
The reverse of the brooch has a removable two piece pin with a 'fold down' catch enabling it to be converted to a pendant when not being worn as a brooch.
The brooch is finely mounted in silver and gold typical of the era - the silver has oxidised over the years giving a wonderful dark patina which shows off the colour of the turquoise.
The symbolism of the forget-me-not flower is believed to date back to the late 1300s in Britain. King Henry IV adopted the forget-me-not as his emblem when he went into exile in 1398. Evidently it brought him luck, for he returned to England in 1399, and retained the forget-me-not as his royal symbol. It was also believed that wearing the forget-me-not was protection against witches, especially during the month of May. It was the custom to present someone embarking on a journey with forget-me-nots.
This romantic piece of jewellery is in wonderful conditon with no discolouring to the turquoise.
Price Code: D, £2500 - £5000
Era: Victorian, 1837 - 1901
Measurements: Pendant 4.7cm in length, 2.2cm at widest point.
Hallmarks: Unmarked, tests silver and gold