SOLD Victorian 15ct Gold Pansy Ring
A beautiful example of this pansy style of ring. The ring dates to around 1850, the early part of the Victorian period, and is made from 15ct gold. It has five gems representing the five petals of the flower. The two bottom gems are flat cut garnets, whilst the other three, 1 purple and 2 pale yellow, are paste stones. At the centre is a small emerald. This is an unusual combination of stones and possibly the paste stones are a later replacement for the originals (though still from the Victorian period I believe). There is no way of knowing this for sure and, if they have been, the replacements fit exceptionally well in the settings. All stones are in excellent condition. The gold workings surrounding the pansy are of a beautiful quality and the shoulders of the shank are finished with pretty flowers mirroring the central design.
The pansy was frequently used in the Victorian period as a romantic symbol. The pansy relates to the French word 'pense' meaning 'to think'. The pansy, therefore, was often used to say that you would be thinking of the person to which you present this love token. There is also evidence that this ring originally had a locket back, perhaps for a piece of woven hair of the loved one. A wonderful ring and a true collectors piece.
Materials - 15ct Gold (tested), Garnet, Emerald, Paste
Age - C1850
Size - Pansy measures approx 10mm in diameter
Ring size US 5 3/4 UK L 1/4 This ring could be resized within reason.
Condition - Very good.
Weight - 1.7g