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Seed Pearl Sweetheart Brooch


Created at the end of the 19th century, this 18K gold twin sweetheart brooch is made of 18K gold, seed pearls and woven hair. It is designed as two intertwined hearts, each displaying a gilt wirework cursive initial, M & J, under glass crystal and above a bed of tightly woven brown hair, all framed by split seed pearls and a crimped surround, the reverse with twin heart shaped locket compartments. An eternal token of bygone devotion, this charming sweetheart brooch speaks of love and romance for always.

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Item #: BO-20401
Circa: 1899
Size:  1.00” length x 0.625” width
Materials: 25 split seed pearls; woven hair; 18K gold
Signed: Reverse inscribed 1869-1899

In the 19th century, enthusiasm for sentimental jewelry was inspired by the love of Queen Victory and her Prince Consort, Albert, and resulted in an explosion of new jewelry forms. This jewelry fashion quickly swept the entire English speaking world. In America, cradle of the "do-it-yourself spirit", families owned instruction manuals that taught hair braiding and weaving skills. Completed samples could be brought to the family jeweler for mounting.