We have similar Victorian and Mourning items, which would pair nicely with this piece, for sale this week. Item Description by: Angela A. Markings: Unmarked, tested, and guaranteed. Gram Weight: 7.5 grams. Metal Type: 14k yellow gold filled over base metal brooch, base metal backing.Closure/Clasp Type: Standard bale; an open "c" clasp remains on the back of the pendant, and the pin stem may have been removed by a previous owner; this can be replaced by your local jeweler in order to be worn as a pin brooch. Handmade during the Victorian era in the style of mourning jewelry. Composed of 14k yellow gold filled over base metal. Features deep black enamel which was applied by hand, emphasizing floral motifs. The face of the pendant was created using the repousse metalworking technique to hand-hammer the yellow gold filled over base metal into its raised design. An elegant scalloped, floral, and scroll motif is draped on the top of the pendant.
Completed with a standard bale for wear on antique chains and necklaces. An additional jump ring bale will need to be attached in order for this piece to hang properly when worn. There is also wear to the gold filled over base metal in some areas, exposing the base metal underneath. There are also several minor dents to the pendant's face, and the pendant's backing is dented and splitting in several areas; however, this does not affect wear.
An open "c" clasp remains on the back of the pendant, and the pin stem may have been removed by a previous owner; this can be replaced by your local jeweler, if desired. There is also minor wear to the black enamel, which is not immediately noticeable when worn. The price has been reduced to reflect this. This listing is for the item only. The Victorian era took place from the year 1836 to the year 1901, which was the span of Queen Victorias reign.
Queen Victorias style was undoubtedly influential on the fashions of her country and ultimately led to three distinct jewelry trends emerging from the era. The first of these three styles was the Romantic period. The Romantic period was impacted by the Georgian period, which preceded it. The second period was the Grand period, which was primarily defined by mourning jewelry and the trends surrounding it.
The final period was the Aesthetic period. The Aesthetic period was more lighthearted and airy than the previous periods and focused on aesthetic beauty and joy. This era features floral, natural, and feminine motifs, and utilized chased gold designs, enamel, and seed pearls. Mourning Jewelry has been around for hundreds of years but became especially popular during the Victorian era. When Prince Albert died in 1861, Queen Victoria went into a state of mourning for over 40 years.
She would often wear Black Memorial jewelry, Jet and Onyx. With the public seeing this, it rose immensely in popularity and soon enough was a staple of the Victorian period. Oftentimes, mourning jewelry included a relic from the deceased. Repoussé began as an ancient metalworking technique dating as far back as the 3rd century BC, involving malleable metal that was hammered onto the reverse side to create an image on the front.
Examples are found all over the world; Greece, Egypt, and even the Hopewell periods in the American southeast. Reverse side hammering was also used to add detail to the front, creating intricate patterns using grooves, indentations, and channeling. The piece was then carefully polished to create a hollow, eye-catching treasure. Enameling originally dates all the way back to the ancient Persians of Meenakari. The technique involves bonding powdered glass to a base, usually gold, by firing (heating and melting the glass onto the metal).
The glass hardens to form a layer of pigment over the metal. Enamel is made of colored powdered glass or may include clear powdered glass that is mixed with colorful metallic pigments. It was used by the ancient Egyptians, Greeks, and Celts; and later the Chinese and Georgians. It resurged in popularity in the 20th century.It is primarily used on decorative art or jewelry, usually small in size. Besides jewelry, enamel can also be applied to glass, ceramic, stone, and various other materials. Gold filled jewelry consists of an outer solid gold layer over a metal base, and 5% of its weight should be derived from gold. This solid layer of gold is laid over a base of sterling silver or some other kind of metal to produce a high-quality gold look. The item "Antique Vintage Victorian 14k Gold Filled GF Mourning Enamel Floral Pendant 7.5g" is in sale since Saturday, August 7, 2021. This item is in the category "Jewelry & Watches\Vintage & Antique Jewelry\Fine\Victorian, Edwardian 1837-1910\Necklaces & Pendants". The seller is "abeautifultimeco" and is located in Fort Collins, Colorado. This item can be shipped worldwide.