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Mid-Victorian Turquoise & Diamond Pansy Locket Ring

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Mid-Victorian Turquoise & Diamond Pansy Locket Ring

$1,250.00


Description

DATE: Victorian, c.1850

A gorgeous Victorian pansy ring with exquisite pierced shoulder detailing. The head is modelled as a pansy flower - set with five Persian turquoise cabochons around a tiny central diamond - with concealed locket compartment behind the head, the glass resting against the finger.

The name "pansy" derives from the French pensée (meaning thought), and was incorporated into Late Middle English as a name for violas (the flower) in the mid 1400s. These flowers were thus regarded as a symbol of remembrance, representing "love in idleness" to evoke the image of a lover who can focus on nothing but the thought of her/his beloved.

Pansy is used more-or-less interchangeably with viola and violet when describing flowers of the type Viola tricolor var. hortensis (such as is depicted here). One distinction occasionally cited is that plants considered to be pansies have four petals pointing upwards (the two side petals point up), and one pointing down whereas violets have two petals pointing up and three pointing down. Another, used by the American Violet Society, states that pansies differ from violets/violas by possessing a "well-defined 'blotch' or 'eye' in the middle of the flower'. Wild pansies are known by a variety of weird and interesting names such as: heartsease or heart's ease, Jack-jump-up-and-kiss-me, three faces in a hood, pink of my john, heart's delight, tickle-my-fancy, and the aforementioned love-in-idleness (don't ask me about any of the rest...).

STONES

Persian turquoise and diamond

MEASUREMENTS

Head: 10.4 x 9.7mm

Width of band: 2.0mm

WEIGHT

2.2g

MARKS

No marks present, tests as 15k gold

CONDITION

Excellent

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