Antique European Etruscan 14K Gold & Turquoise Mourning Brooch w/ Hair Locket. This charming Etruscan Revival style brooch was made in the Victorian Etruscan revival period around 1870, is rendered in 14K yellow gold and centers on a cabochon turquoise dome adorned with some seed pearls. The raised dome is framed by a an ornate Maltese cross style round base adorned with ball ornaments. The reverse holds a glass covered locket compartment with hair artfully presented on a blue fabric in memory of a beloved person long departed. The back has a very sturdy long pin stem, t-hinge and c-clasp and also features a loop that used to hold a safety pin and chain.Now allows the piece to be worn as a pendant. Despite its considerable age it is in the incredible condition that we can expect to see in fine jewelry of a particularly high quality - it could have been made yesterday! A superb example of desirable antique European mourning jewelry of the'grand period and highly collectible!
Mourning jewelry was popular during the Georgian and Victorian times. It served as a touchstone to remember loved ones who had passed away before photographs were readily available. Mourning jewelry was predominately black, but not always. As in this piece it was sometimes decorated with the deceased's hair or symbolic adornment such as white enamel for a virgin unmarried woman, pearls for infants or different colors for the different stages of grief. This is a lovely example, tastefully decorated and not too over-embellished.
MATERIALS: Solid 14K gold, Turquoise and Seed Pearls. MEASUREMENTS: 1 1/2" in diameter x 3/4" high (without pin). HALLMARKS: "585" (European for 14K) and carrying an unidentified makers mark.
DATE: Biedermeier / Victorian period, 1850-70s. CONDITION: Very good, no discoloration or wear to the gold. The pin back and hinge are in perfect working order. The hairwork is still well pillowed with no sign of breakage or deterioration.
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