Antique Georgian Mourning Brooch with Woven Hair and Rose Cut Paste
This beautiful memorial locket Brooch is studded with 18 Rose cut Paste stones all in slightly different colours with a fully closed Silver back. Under a piece of glass on the front of the Brooch, holds woven human hair with a detailed 9ct yellow surround. The hair encased would have been taken from a deceased loved one, a tradition in Georgian mourning jewellery. Mourning jewellery in gold such as this would have been worn by the upper classes for up to a year after the death of the loved one.
|Condition: ||Very Good, slightest signs of wear due to age and use |
|Defects: ||None |
|Date / Period: ||Georgian |
|Weight: ||9.7g |
|Dimensions: ||Width; 32mm, Height; 25mm, Depth 8mm |
|Materials: ||9ct Yellow Gold, Silver |
|Stones: ||Rose Cut Paste, Woven Hair|
Georgian (1714 - 1837)
The Georgian period was named for, and defined by, the Hanovarian Monarchs of the United Kingdom, Georges I, II, III and IV, and the short reign of William IV. It was a period of change which saw a great rise in social and cultural awareness, and important events of the time in England along with the rest of Europe were all responsible for influencing jewellery motifs. Goldsmiths of the day were highly trained technicians who were skilled in all areas of gold work. Producing jewellery was incredibly labour intensive with all creations being completely handcrafted so it is fitting that the key signature of Georgian jewelry is it’s beautifully elaborate metal work that can only be formed by hand. Jewelry styles of this era came to be designated as to the time of day they should be worn. Elements from nature were abundant in daytime jewelry, with garnet, topaz, emerald and ruby proving as popular stones. The evening was a different story entirely, where rose cut and mine cut diamonds were plenteous.
- Product Code: BR54
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