Flattened baroque pearls in this "wing" or "feather" form often come from Mississippi's river systems. Sometime at the beginning of the 20th century, a jeweler arranged them into twin pansy shapes and punctuated the centers with diamonds. The pearls are charmingly iridescent with hints of pink, yellow and peach, but it was the dealer's nickname for them that killed me: "Mississippi mud pearls". Beauty from mud, right? And we all know what the pansy means in the language of Floriography: "Think of me."
14k gold (tests), Mississippi mud pearls, 2 2.5mm old European cut diamonds
3/4" length measured from the top of the ear wire, 5/8" width
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1900 — 1910
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Anthropomorphic, wild, and adorable, pansies were jubilantly translated into jewelry throughout the Victorian era.
Floriography allowed the Victorians to communicate their desires without saying anything at all.
Supernaturally powerful orbs.