This is truly one of the most spectacular and beautiful antique mourning brooches of its design. It is a very large sized brooch and can also be worn as a pendant, it is a knot form with engraved tendrils forming the knot shape, encompassing a central panel of black enamel. The black enamel oval is decorated with a stunning floral display set with rose cut diamonds that have the wonderful low light twinkle and glint of the old rose cuts. The tendrils take on a naturalist form with lead finials and is it has a small gold leaf to the base between the centre and the knot, there was one on the other side but this is not present any longer.The knot itself is engraved and decorated with rich only black enamel contrasting beautifully with the rich yellow gold. Black enamel was commonly used on mourning jewellery and is said to represent death. To the verso the brooch has an enclosed lock of hair secured in a spray with golden thread.
It fastens with an old c type clasp and pin fastener. A fine and exceptional piece of mourning jewellery.Unmarked, tests as 15ct gold to the main body and 9ct to the hair locket, Victorian era, C1870s. Good used condition overall, surface wear commensurate with age and use, one gold leaf missing from the top, some minor marks and enamel loss, c clasp has soft solder visible, central panel has movement but is secure. Weighs approx 26.09 grams. This item is in the category "Jewellery & Watches\Vintage & Antique Jewellery\Mourning Jewellery". The seller is "stolenatticuk" and is located in this country: GB. This item can be shipped to North, South, or Latin America, all countries in Europe, all countries in continental Asia, Australia.