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Early 19th Century“Simplicité Constance”Pansy Locket

This sweet Georgian locket is fashioned in 18k gold with a front glass panel painted in gold and black with the words “Simplicité Constance” — French for “Simplicity Constancy.” The locket holds a thin slice of mother of pearl painted with a pansy, the flower whose name comes from the French pensee meaning think of me.


  • Materials

    18k gold, painted mother of pearl disc, new 14k chain

  • Age

    c. 1820

  • Condition

    Good - wear to both the painted glass and the painting on the slice of mother of pearl, edges of mother of pearl have some small chips

  • Size

    7/8" diameter, 18" chain

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Pansies:Think of Me

Anthropomorphic, wild, and adorable, pansies were jubilantly translated into jewelry throughout the Victorian era.