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Georgian Sentimental Jewelry
by: Yvonne Hammouda-Eyre

what an exquisite piece of jewelry! These highly collectible love tokens as you already mention were popular during the last decades of the 18th century and the early 19th century, I am particularly drawn to the sepia painting and expressions of romance that draws you into the jewelry.

I'm also left wondering if the ivory was symbolic of perhaps young, unmarried maidens? I believe the mounts themselves in some sentimental pieces often incorporated additional sentiments. I am certain many visitors will be admiring this piece. Thank you for sharing!

Beautiful Georgian Jewel!
by: Jacquelyn Babush

I love this piece - it truly epitomizes all that is so wonderful about Georgian sentimental jewelry. Its subject matter and design with the rose-cut diamonds are fantastic! It is nice to see a miniature that is a love token and not a mourning scene. This is the kind of jewelry that collectors fond of early jewels should be looking for - it is investment-quality, and I am sure that you get a lot of compliments when you wear it! Enjoy!

Response to your question
by: Anonymous

No, it is a painting on a thin ivory sheet. Brushmarks are visible when viewed under a loupe. These tiny works of art were popular in the late 18th and early 19th century, and were usually mourning pieces. They were often rich in symbolism. Pearls represented tears, birds in flight illustrated the soul's journey heavenward. A broken column or branch was a commentary on a young life cut short. A lamb (innocence) sometimes signaled the death of a child, whereas a dog signaled fidelity.
The benefit of collecting these miniatures is that due to their labor intensive aspect, it is unlikely that convincing reproductions will be made.

Miniature on Ivory

How beautiful! A supreme example of art in miniature.
This is why many people love Antique jewelry. Could you please tell me if the image is a carving, similar to a cameo in ivory? The dark background really does lend itself to the mystery and intrigue and does truly make the image "pop" as you say. A really stunning piece of miniature art!

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