In the early 19th century there was enthusiastic interest in horticulture and plant collecting. Expeditions to faraway places brought back exotic and new colorful species that inspired many different forms of art. The jewelers of the Art Nouveau period were employing new enameling techniques that were brought back to Europe to create feminine and realistic flower jewelry.
The word pansy comes from the French word “pensee”, meaning “thought or to think”. The pansy flower was used in jewelry as a token of love to express the sweet sentiment "think of me". This cheerful 20k enamel and rose cut diamond pansy playfully dances below a pair of silver topped 18k gold leaves.
Measurements: 2 1/8” (including bail) x 1 1/4” wide
Weight: 15.6 grams
Notes: This exceptional pansy pendant was also once a brooch (the fitting was removed in antiquity). Unfortunately there is surface wear and two chips in the enamel as shown.