Victorian mourning jewellery was worn by many women of the Victorian era, to signify their attachment and devotion to their departed loved ones. Queen Victoria spent a long time in mourning. Black onyx and/or black enamel set with pearls made into rings and brooches and often inlaid with hair or tiny miniature portraits made for some beautiful and striking jewels of the time.
This brooch is a handmade piece with a wonderful curving frame of 18 carat yellow gold that is inlaid with black enamel and set with seed pearls in a forget me not daisy motif.
The combination of colours; white, black and gold has a dramatic and striking look. The brooch is dated to the reverse with the year 1886, the name of the loved one, and a lock of hair set under a crystal backing
It is in excellent condition for its age and comes with an independent valuation. A sentimental keepsake from the Victorian era that is a treasure for today!