I believe this to be a mourning piece - from an estate, it consists of two pieces. The top piece has a cluster of three heart shapes each accented by black and dark green, amber rhinestones. About 2-1/4" x 1-1/4". The bottom part features three rhinestone chains with matching bottom designs. It measures 1-1/4" across and 2-1/4" long. All japanned or black enamel metal. There is a small hole mechanism at the top of the stationary brooch which suggests it could also hang or be sewn.
Mourning Jewelry actually began around the 17th century and continued in various mediums throughout England and France. The popularity peaked during the reign of Queen Victoria upon the dealth of Prince Albert. Popularity increased in the United States during the Civil War and woven hair jewelry became a popular parlour art. Please visit our Mourning Gallery for mourning jewelry resources, sympathy and condolence quotes, photos and more. Our Main Site Gallery will list our current items for sale.
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