Antique Georgian Seed Pearl and 12k Gold Mourning Brooch, Pendant, Hair Plaiting
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I really do love these old seed pearl jewelry items. I have in mind to have about 15 of these worked into a necklace with pearls between them. Wouldn't it be pretty! But in the meantime, since I may never get that project commissioned, I thought I'd list a few of the ones I've collected over the years so that they can be enjoyed. This one is a bit larger than most, and is of spectacular quality, condition. The quartz crystal remains clear and undamaged and you can still see the plaiting of blond lock of hair within it. While it is not always the case, more often than not when we see this light blond, the hair is that of a child who has died very young. We know that from the engraving on backs of some, and though this one has no engraving, I suspect it remembers a beloved toddler. These date from Georgian to earliest Victorian era, (c.1770-1830) and this one is a bit unique in that it is both a brooch and/or pendant and can be worn in either way. The seed pearls that encase the 12k gold mount represent, as you might know, the tears of the mourner. They are all well matched and are original and superb to this day, with high pearlescent shimmer to them. A fine piece!
Very good to excellent condition throughout. I have not tried to pry out the aperture's inset frame, but this is the type that does lift out from the front of the locket. It is in such pristine condition, one would hate to change it or try to remove the original blond lock of plaited hair that is entombed within, memento of someone's lost loved child, no doubt. Gold has been acid tested and is solid 12k yellow gold. Seed pearls are all highly pearlescent after 200 years or so, and the quartz crystal aperture 'glazing' is clear and undamaged, as well. A superb and larger-than-usual museum piece.
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