9ct 9k Rose Gold Mourning Brooch / Lace Pin Antique Victorian c1890.
A lovely Victorian mourning brooch dating from around 1890, the late Victorian era. Mourning jewellery 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 jewellery 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 colours for the different stages of grief. This is a lovely simple example, tastefully decorated and not too over-embellished. The hair has gotten a little damp and condensated slightly, this doesn't detract from this lovely, poignant piece of jewellery.
Size 1.3 x 1.9 x 0.8 cm or 0.5 x 0.7 x 0.3 inches.
Weight 2.5 grams or 1.6 penny weight.