Stunning Forget-Me-Not Enameled Bow in 14k

Sale price Price $1,195.00 Regular price

Victorian jewelry is as complex in its symbolism, sentiment, and design as the fashion, architecture, and decor of the time. Worn as an ornament, a love token, or a remembrance, jewelry not only completed the well-dressed lady’s costume but also denoted her position in society, her marital status, and her sense of self.

Traditionally seen as a symbol of love and marriage, the bow motif first appeared in jewelry in the 17th-century French royal court of Louis XIV, when gold or silver was delicately shaped into loose double bows covered with gemstones and attached to necklaces or brooches. Additionally, Victorian-era jewelry saw a lot of floral motifs, especially forget-me-nots, symbolizing the remembrance of a loved one. 

The 1860s saw a fascination with rendering gold as textiles, with uncanny accuracy. This brooch is a gorgeous example of a four-petal ribbon flower with a diamond center.

 

Materials and Features: 14k gold

Age/Origin: Victorian, American, c. 1860

Measurements: 2.5 grams, 1" 

Condition: Excellent condition. Minor associated age wear.  

Please view and inspect any photos closely. We endeavor to fully disclose all condition information clearly and concisely, however, please note that what qualifies as excellent condition for historical jewelry differs from modern and contemporary pieces; please take the age of the piece into account when examining the piece. Minor age wear is typical and to be expected for antique and vintage jewelry. Unless otherwise stated, gemstones have not been officially graded for color, clarity, or treatment by GIA; any information provided is our own educated, professional assessment.