Enamelled Pansy Pendant & Earrings

£26.50
ITEM CODE: 25735
Exquisite silver-plated and enamelled pendant and earrings set based on the design of a locket from 1900 and inspired by the appearance of this flower as a motif in the jewellery o...
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Exquisite silver-plated and enamelled pendant and earrings set based on the design of a locket from 1900 and inspired by the appearance of this flower as a motif in the jewellery of the period. The pansy's name is derived from the French word pensée, meaning 'thought', and was imported into Late Middle English as a name for viola in the mid-15th century, as the flower was regarded as a symbol of remembrance. The meaning translated into floriography, the language of flowers, which was a fashionable hobby in Victorian England. The symbolism of different blooms was established and gifts of flowers in specific arrangements were exchanged as a way to deliver coded messages, allowing the sender to express sentiments which could not be spoken aloud in Victorian society. Floral dictionaries were popular and Victorians often exchanged small 'talking bouquet' posies, called nosegays or tussie-mussies and the fashion was reflected in keepsakes such as embroidered handkerchiefs and jewellery.

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Size & Additional Information
Colour: Purple
Silver-plated, enamel
Pendant: 2cm tall on 40.5cm chain with 8cm extender, lobster clasp
Earrings: 2.5cm plus hooks
Clean with a soft cloth
Gift boxed
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