Pansy & Rose

Herbarium No. 0163 Scientific Name VIOLA  × Wittrockiana hybrid & ROSA Common Name Pansy & Rose Type Pendant Place France Date Around 1820 Collected by Unknown Material Verre Eglomisé, 750/1000 gold 18 k Size 34 x 27,54 mm Total Weight 5,3 grams Condition Good Price € 420     Please follow and like us:

novelty earrings forget me not golden sickle

Golden sickle and forget-me-nots

Herbarium Nr. 033 Scientific Name MYOSOTIS Common Name Forget-me-not Type Earrings Place London Date 1855-1873. Collected by Harry Emanuel Material Enamel, 625/1000 gold 15 k – Hooks 585/1000 gold 14 k Size 38,7 x 15 mm Total Weight 4,79 grams Condition Good. Hooks possibly added later Price 1950 EUR     A pair of enameled Victorian novelty earrings in the shape of a golden sickle combined with forget-me-not flowers. These earrings are clearly made by Harry Emanuel (1825-1898) from London. He took over his father’s jewellery business in 1855, working there as a goldsmith until 1873. He was mainly known for a patented…

Victorian Ivy locket

Victorian Ivy locket

Herbarium Nr 129 Scientific Name HEDERA HELIX Common Name Ivy Type Locket, pendant Place Probably English Date Ca. 1890 Collected by Unknown Material 625/1000 gold 15 k Size  x  mm Total Weight 9,5 grams Condition Good Price 875 EUR     The Ivy is a climbing and creeping plant that covers and binds trees, buildings, actually everything within its reach. Because of this binding aspect of the plant, it has been a perfect symbol of faith and affection since ancient times. This locket contains a dried lucky clover. Please follow and like us:

Ivy, a symbol of affection

Ivy, ancient symbol of affection

Herbarium Nr 102 Scientific Name HEDERA HELIX Common Name Ivy Type Brooch Place The Netherlands Date Ca. 1915 – 1920 Collected by Vos & Co Haarlem Material Rose-cut diamonds, total Ca. 0,5 crt, 585/1000 gold 14 k Size 25,8 x 25,4 mm Total Weight 3,9 grams Condition Good Price 975 EUR     The Ivy is a climbing and creeping plant that covers and binds trees, buildings, actually everything within its reach. Because of this binding aspect of the plant, it has been a perfect symbol of faith and affection since ancient times. Please follow and like us:

Chrysanthemum cufflinks

Chrysanthemum cufflinks

Herbarium Nr 100 Scientific Name CHRYSANTHEMUM Common Name Mum, chrysanth Type Cufflinks Place USA Date 1920’s Collected by Unknown Material 585/1000 gold 14 k, enamel Size 13,5 mm Total Weight 7,5 grams Condition Good Price 380 EUR     The name “chrysanthemum” refers to the Ancient Greek: χρυσός chrysos (gold) and  ἄνθεμον anthemon (flower). Depicted on these cufflinks are indeed golden flowers; stylized chrysanthemums Most species of chrysanth or ‘mum’, the flowers common name, originate from East Asia. The chrysanth is, according to Confucius, one of the ‘Four Gentlemen‘ (the other ‘Noble Ones’ being the plum blossom, the orchid, and bamboo),…

reverse intaglio gentiana

A reverse intaglio gentiana

Herbarium Nr. 111 Scientific Name GENTIANA Common Name Gentiana Type Brooch Place Made in Germany Date Around 1900 Collected by Unknown Material Rock crystal reverse intaglio, 585/1000 gold 14 k Size  22,7 x 30,9 mm Total Weight 15 grams Condition Good. Price Sold     This brooch is made using a specific technique, a so-called ‘reverse intaglio’. A reverse crystal intaglio is a cabochon cut natural crystal with an intaglio carved into the flat underside. This image is painted and mounted on an opaque background (usually mother of pearl).  Finally, the back is sealed with gold, to preserve the painted…

Passion flower

Passion flower

Herbarium Nr 118 Scientific Name PASSIFLORA Common Name Passion flower, maypops Type Brooch. Place Europe Date Ca. 1835-1850 Collected by Unknown Material Chalcedony, 585/1000 gold 14 k Size 43 x 33,5 mm Total Weight 11,6 grams Condition Good. With original box Price 925 EUR     The passion flower symbolizes mystical passion and religion.   Please follow and like us:

Almandine violets

Almandine violets

Herbarium Nr 115 Scientific Name VIOLA Common Name Violets Type Earstuds Place England Date Georgian Ca. 1820 Collected by Unknown. Material 375/1000 gold 9 k, foiled almandine garnets, natural pearls Size 15,4 x 14,5 mm Total Weight 3 grams Condition System altered for pierced ears, spot of solder/repair at the back Price 650 EUR     Roses are often red and violets are usually blue, but these foiled almandine violets are a lovely shade of burgundy. Their symbolic meaning is Virtue & Faithfulness. More information about violets, in various colours, can be found on the website of the American Violet Society…

Viennese Lily of the valley

Lily of the valley

Herbarium Nr 46 Scientific Name CONVALLARIA MAJALIS Common Name Lily of the valley Type Brooch Place Vienna, Austria Date 1960’s Collected by Irmgard Bures Material Rock crystal, nephrite, brilliant cut diamond, 585/1000 whitegold 14 k Size 86,2 x 37 mm Total Weight 19,21 grams Condition Good Price Sold     * Please follow and like us:

Viennese violets

Viennese violets

Herbarium Nr 107 Scientific Name VIOLA Common Name Violet Type Brooch Place Vienna, Austria Date 1950’s-60’s Collected by I x S Material Amethyst, nephrite, brilliant cut diamond, 585/1000 gold 14 k Size 84,2 x 51,5 mm Total Weight 34,23 grams Condition Good Price 1750 Euro     All information, or at least a lot, about violets can be found on the website of the American Violet Society Please follow and like us:

violet amethyst earrings Paltscho

Violet earclips by Paltscho

Herbarium Nr 105 Scientific Name VIOLA Common Name Violet Type Earclips Place Vienna, Austria Date 1950’s-60’s Collected by Paltscho Material Amethyst, nephrite, brilliant cut diamond, 585/1000 gold 14 k Size 33 x 19,6 mm Total Weight 10,5 grams Condition Good Price Sold     All information, or at least a lot, about violets can be found on the website of the American Violet Society Please follow and like us:

Winter Art & Antiques Fair Olympia Mellerio Dahlia Precious Flora

Thanks for six blooming days at Olympia!

A BIG THANK YOU for six blooming days at Olympia London. I would like to give a big, warm thank you to everyone for visiting Precious Flora during the Winter Art & Antiques Fair Olympia. The fair was a success and I was very proud to show you my thematic collection of floral vintage and antique jewellery. “No spoken word can approach to the delicacy of sentiment to be inferred from a timeously offered flower” (Pratt & Miller, The language of flowers, ca. 1890), so this flower is for you; a Dahlia by Mellerio. In the Victorian language of flowers the dahlia expresses dignity and…

antique diamond lilies spray brooches

Divine diamond lilies

Herbarium Nr 117 Scientific Name LILIUM Common Name Lily, Lilies Type A pair of two diamond spraybrooches, with detachable fitting Place Europe, probably the Netherlands Date Approximately 1850 Collected by Unknown Material Gold 750/1000 with 585/1000 pins, Silver setting, old mine cut and rosecut diamonds, natural pearls Size 66,5 x 38,5 (P) & 68,5 x 35,2 (D) mm Total Weight 12,87 (P) & 13,67 (D) grams Condition Good Price 11500 EUR     This pair of diamond set brooches representing lilies is sold together. We may presume, due to their detachable fittings, they once formed part of a splendorous set…

sweet violet

A blue sweet violet

Herbarium Nr 028 Scientific Name VIOLA ODORATA Common Name Sweet violet, wood violet Type Brooch Place Austrian importmark Date 1922-1925 Collected by Unknown. As the Austrian mark is an importmark, it might be German lapidary from Idar Oberstein. Material Dyed chalcedony, nephrite, old mine cut diamonds, platinum and 585/1000 gold 14 k Size 61,8 x 20 mm Total Weight 9,8 grams Condition Good Price Sold     The sweet violet is an edible flower of ancient legend, with even medicinal properties. References to violets and the desirable nature of the fragrance go back to classical sources such as Pliny. The typical scent of…

Honeysuckle berry

A coral honeysuckle berry

Herbarium Nr 048 Scientific Name Fruit of a LONICERA Common Name Honeysuckle berry Type Brooch Place Vienna, Austria Date 1950’s – 60’s Collected by Irmgard Bures Material Coral, nephrite, 585/1000 gold 14 k Size 32,7 x 28 mm Total Weight 6,7 grams Condition Good. Price 475 EUR     This brooch features small, bright red berries, clustered along the plant stem. As these berries are made from precious coral, one could call this brooch a “coral honeysuckle”, but that’s actually a different, trumpet honeysuckle variety. The depicted species is a shrub native to Austria, where the brooch was made, mid 20th…

mum

A mum for mom

Herbarium Nr 38 Scientific Name CHRYSANTHEMUM Common Name Mum, chrysanth Type Barbrooch Place USA Date Circa 1890 Collected by Unknown Material 585/1000 gold 14 k, enamel, diamond, natural pearl Size 52 x 13,4 mm Total Weight 5,9 grams Condition Enamel has some tiny chips Price 875 EUR     The name “chrysanthemum” refers to the Ancient Greek: χρυσός chrysos (gold) and  ἄνθεμον anthemon (flower). Depicted on this brooch is indeed a golden flower, but it’s completely covered with white enamel. Most species of chrysanth or ‘mum’, the flowers common name, originate from East Asia. The chrysanth is, according to Confucius, one…

A reverse intaglio poppy

Herbarium Nr. 062 Scientific Name PAPAVEROIDEAE Common Name Poppy Type Brooch Place Made in Vienna Date Around 1900-1910. Collected by Emanuel Schwartz Material Rock crystal reverse intaglio, enamel, old brilliant cut diamond, 585/1000 gold 14 k Size  34 x 27 mm Total Weight 11,5 grams Condition Good. Price 2200 EUR     Due to the sleep-inducing properties of certain types of poppies, the poppy has been the symbol of everlasting sleep since ancient times. After the Second Battle of Ypres the flower with her blood red leaves and black heart became a symbol for the fallen soldiers. Emanuel Schwartz made…

enamelled pansy David-Andersen

Enameled pansy David-Andersen

Herbarium Nr 106 Scientific Name Viola tricolor var. hortensis Common Name Pansy Type Brooch Place Made in Norway Date 1970’s Collected by David-Andersen Material Silver gilt, enamel Size 35,1 x 43,3 mm Total Weight  10,5 grams Condition Good. Price Sold     In the language of flowers, flowers were often used for secret messages to potential romantic partners.  The pansy flower was used to express amorous thoughts like “You are always on my mind” or “I am thinking of you”. Pansy, the name of the pretty flower, indeed comes from the French word pensée; a noun derived from penser, “to think or…

Art nouveau pansy locket opened

Art nouveau Pansy locket

Herbarium Nr 080 Scientific Name Viola Common Name Pansy Type Locket, Pendant Place Made in France Date Approximately 1900 Collected by Sasportas Material Silver Size 33,3 x 25,9 mm Total Weight  4,9 grams Condition Good. Price Sold     A romantic silver pendant in the shape of a pansy, with a heart shaped petal that can be taken out. This petal functions as a locket, to which for example a small picture can be entrusted. Said element has been engraved with the text: ‘Ma pensée t’accompagne, J’y enferme mon coeur’ (My thoughts are with you, I have encased my heart…

Enameled pansies A.J. Hedges & Co

Enameled pansies

Herbarium Nr 070 Scientific Name Viola × Wittrockiana hybrid Common Name Pansy Type Brooch and earrings Place Made in Newark, New Jersey, USA Date Approximately 1900 Collected by A.J. Hedges & Co Material Enamel, 585/1000 gold 14 k, old single cut diamonds, natural pearl Size Brooch 31,6 x 30 mm. Earrings 20,5 x 12,9 mm Total Weight  10,10 grams & 4,05 grams Condition Good. Hooks altered Price Sold     “You are always on my mind”,  immortalized by a poetic set of polychrome enameled golden pansy flowers. Such a sweet message spoken through the language of flowers. In Victorian England, flowers were often…

Fuchsia

Slender Fuchsia

Herbarium Nr 031 Scientific Name ONAGRACEAE Common Name Fuchsia Type Brooch. Detachable fitting Place The Netherlands Date Approximately 1850( mark before 1865) Collected by Unknown Material Rose cut diamonds, Amsterdam cut, 750/1000 gold 18 k, silver setting Size 43,3 x 59,2 mm Total Weight 14,08 grams Condition Good Price Sold     The fuchsia  symbolizes abundance and intoxicating beauty, but also assurance and confiding love. These flowers are commonly given on romantic or otherwise significant occasions to represent trust. The dangling stamens further complement the slender pendulous shape of this decorative diamond set brooch. Please follow and like us:

Ivy ring

Ivy Ring

Herbarium Nr 054 Scientific Name HEDERA HELIX Common Name Ivy Type Ring Place Birmingham, England Date 1892 Collected by Albert Sydenham Material 750/1000 gold 18 k Size 18,9 x 8,4 mm Total Weight 5,48 grams Condition Good Price Sold     Ivy is a climbing and creeping plant that covers and binds trees, buildings, actually everything within its reach. Because of this binding aspect of the plant, it has been a perfect symbol of faith and affection since ancient times. Please follow and like us:

Ivy Witch's Heart

Ivy Witch’s Heart

Herbarium Nr 053 Scientific Name HEDERA HELIX Common Name Ivy Type Brooch in the shape of a Witch’s Heart Place Probably England Date Approximately 1880 Collected by Unknown Material Enamel, 625/1000 gold 15 k, metal pin, old mine cut diamond Size 25 x 24,6 mm Total Weight 4,55 grams Condition Good.  Tiny chip of the enamel glaze missing Price 395 EUR     In the asymmetric “Witch’s Heart”, the heart points to one side. This romantic symbol means “you enchanted me”, “you cast a spell on me” or maybe even “I put a spell on you”. Ivy is a climbing and creeping plant…

Violet

A nosegay of violets

Herbarium Nr 064 Scientific Name VIOLA Common Name Violet Type Brooch Place Germany Date 1950’s-60’s Collected by Unknown Material Amethyst, nephrite, single cut diamonds, 585/1000 gold 14 k Size 50 x 32 mm Total Weight 11,85 grams Condition Good Price 895 EUR     All information, or at least a lot, about violets can be found on the website of the American Violet Society Please follow and like us:

Violet

A posy of violets

Herbarium Nr 028 Scientific Name VIOLA Common Name Violet Type Brooch Place Germany Date 1950’s-60’s Collected by Unknown. The flowershaped mark Gesetzlich Geschutzt is the German equivalent of a patent. Material Amethyst, nephrite, diamond, 585/1000 gold 14 k Size 59,3 x 34 mm Total Weight 11,73 grams Condition Good Price 875 EUR     All information, or at least a lot, about violets can be found on the website of the American Violet Society Please follow and like us:

19th century · Bachelor's button · Cornflower · Detachable · Dutch · Language of Flowers · Old mine cut diamond · Pendant · Rosecut diamonds · Victorian

Bachelor’s button or Cornflower pendant

Herbarium Nr 13 Scientific Name CENTAUREA cyanus Common Name Cornflower or bachelor’s button Type Pendant Place Made in the Netherlands Date Approximately 1870 Collected by Unknown maker (AR?), Dutch hallmarks Material Rosecut diamonds, old mine cut diamond, silver and 750/1000 gold Size 58,3 x 23,4  mm Total Weight 9,8 grams Condition Good Price 1550 EUR     The great interest in botany and gardening in the early nineteenth century was reflected in the naturalistic style of the jewels. Sparkling flowers were also worn in the hair. This 19th century diamondset cornflower pendant has a screwfitting at the back, showing it was…

1900 · 19th century · Bracelet · French · Garland · Ivy · Language of Flowers · Necklace · Victorian

Ivy bracelet / necklace

Herbarium Nr 010 Scientific Name HEDERA Common Name Ivy Type Necklace/Bracelet Place Made in France Date Approximately 1890-1900 Collected by Hallmarks: maker PF, Nr 21496, Tête d’aigle 18 ct gold, Bigornes Material 750/1000 gold, natural pearls Size Bracelet 7.7 x 186 mm. Worn as a necklace the lenght is 396 Total Weight Bracelet 14,4 grams. Extra necklace links and clasp 3,6  grams Condition Good Price 1650 EUR     Ivy is a climbing and creeping plant that covers and binds trees, buildings, actually everything within its reach. Because of this binding aspect of the plant, it has been a perfect…

1900 · Brooch · Enamel · Language of Flowers · Newark NJ USA · Pansy · Pearl

Pansy

Herbarium Nr 007 Scientific Name Viola × Wittrockiana hybrid Common Name Pansy Type Brooch Place Made in Newark, New Jersey, USA Date Approximately 1900 Collected by Unknown maker, hallmarked 14 ct gold Material Enamel, 585/1000 gold Size 26,7 x 28,75 mm Total Weight 4,47 grams Condition Good Price 750 EUR     In the later decades of the 19th century, Newark, New Jersey, was considered to be the USA capitol of jewellery. The growing wealth of the new  middle-class in America, created a demand for affordable jewellery.  The Newark group of manufacturers, which numbered 200 at its peak, was producing 90%…

1950's · Boutonnière · Brooch · Carnation · Christian · Enamel · Flower · Italian · James Bond · Language of Flowers · Legend · Men's jewellery · Oscar Wilde · Pink · Symbol · Virgin Mary

Carnation Boutonnière

Herbarium Nr 003 Scientific Name DIANTHUS caryophyllus Common Name Carnation or clove pink Type Brooch Place Made in Milano, Italy Date 1950’s Collected by Hallmark 293 for Lina Lazzeri Material 750/1000 white gold, diamonds, realistic enameled Size 58 x 33 mm Total Weight 23,3 grams Condition Good Price 3250 EUR     A Boutonnière is a floral decoration worn by men on their left lapel. Since the mid 18th century the traditional method was to push the flower’s calyx trough the lapel buttonhole. Although a fairly sturdy ruffled carnation will liven up any outfit, every day, usually a boutonnière is worn…

Flower Lilac Cartier 1940's Montana Sapphire Gemstones Retro preciousflora.com

Lilac Clip by Cartier

Herbarium Nr 002 Scientific Name SYRINGA vulgaris Common Name Lilac Type Clip brooch Place Made in Paris Date Approximately 1945 Collected by Signed Cartier Paris – Nr 07882 –  Bte S.G.D.G. – Tête d’aigle: essay mark 18 ct gold – Tête de rhinocéros: an after 1941 tax-mark – Bigornes. Material Blue Montana sapphires,  pink sapphires, 750/1000 gold Size 49 x 34 mm Total Weight 17,8 grams Condition Good Price 12000 EUR     Cartier is one of the most respected French designers of fine watches and jewellery in the world.  This brand was established in Paris by Louis-François Cartier in 1847….

19th century · Bracelet · Enamel · Forget-me-not · Hearts · Language of Flowers · Love · Victorian

Forget-me-nots and hearts

Herbarium Nr. 018 Scientific Name MYOSOTIS Common Name Forget-me-not Type Bracelet Place Unknown Date Around 1880-1900. Collected by Unknown, marked OS 750 Material Enamel, Ruby, 750/1000 gold Size Lenght bracelet 17,5 cm. Width 7,9 mm Total Weight 3,65 grams Condition Good Price Sold     Please follow and like us:

Forget-me-not ring

Herbarium Nr. 017 Scientific Name MYOSOTIS Common Name Forget-me-not Type Ring Place Made in England Date Around 1820. Collected by Unknown Material Turquoise, diamond, 750/1000 gold Size  Flower 9 mm, ringsize 51/11/16.2/5= Total Weight 1,4 grams Condition Good. Price 395 EUR     Georgian Please follow and like us:

1900 · Chain · Choker · Forget-me-not · Garland · Language of Flowers · Necklace · Rosecut diamonds · Silver · Turquoise · Victorian

Forget-me-not-not-not …

Herbarium Nr. 016 Scientific Name MYOSOTIS Common Name Forget-me-not Type Necklace Place Made in England Date Around 1860/80. Collected by Unknown Material Turquoise, diamond, silver Size  Necklace 41 cm long, flowers 7.2mm Total Weight 7,9 grams Condition Good. Price 820 EUR     Forget-me-not-not-not … Please follow and like us: