The Victorian Era was a high point for jewelry, not just for the quality of the pieces but also for the way the Victorians used them as meaningful symbols. The obsession with botany even in popular culture during the Victorian period translated into jewelry by way of floral motifs. All sorts of flowers were used designing brooches, lockets, rings, and earrings to convey different sentiments.
Forget-me-nots, as we see in this example, were constant reminders to people in relationships about each other. Forget-me-nots symbolize true love and respect. When you give someone these tiny blooms, it represents a promise that you will always remember them and will keep them in your thoughts. They are also considered a symbol of fidelity and faithfulness.
Regardless of the symbolism, is this not the cutest ring you've seen? This special piece features turquoise petals and a garnet throat. The contrast of the gold with the gemstones add an attraction that does not allow you to look away. Let it be the star of the show or stack - this is a piece that will fit in in any collection.
Materials ad Features: 15k, turquoise, garnet
Age/Origin: Victorian, c. 1830-1840
Measurements: 1.5 grams, Size 7.75
Condition: Excellent condition.
Please view and inspect any photos closely. We endeavor to fully disclose all condition information clearly and concisely, however, please note that what qualifies as excellent condition for historical jewelry differs from modern and contemporary pieces; please take the age of the piece into account when examining the piece. Minor age wear is typical and to be expected for antique and vintage jewelry. Unless otherwise stated, gemstones have not been officially graded for color, clarity, or treatment by GIA; any information provided is our own educated, professional assessment.