Blond strands are often those of children, lost to some childhood disease or other, and though we haven't a proof of it, we suspect this beautiful old mourning brooch might well be a memorial of such a loss. The piece is immaculately kept in a domed jewelry box as you see, though not original to it. But it's certainly been kept with honor in someone's family heirlooms. The mount tests at 18K gold, and the cover glass is intact and unblemished. The guard chain even remains on this one (or was added at some point in time). A superb example of this unusual Victorian era tradition of funerial and d'amour memento, it's one of the finest we've seen. Tiny seed pearls clutch the 3 feathers of human hair within the aperture, and also accent the outer brooch (halved into cabochons), so it's a fabulous enhancer to add to your string of pearls. I love that look - antique brooches worn as a drop or enhancer with pearls or big gold chains, and it's a wonderful way to show them off if you're not so inclined to pin on a brooch. Have a look at our expanding inventory of superb antique and vintage fine jewelry. You're used to us bringing you the finest antique items online, and now you can count on the same integrity and customer service when you're looking for fine jewelry, as well. Visit often in weeks ahead as we add some truly remarkable old jewels and fabulous watches.
Very good to excellent condition - no dents, damage, loss. A superb brooch in antique protective presentation box for display and storage. Isn't it fab!