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FrenchAmethyst, Emerald and CitrinePansy Ring

The name "pansy" derives from the French word "pensee" which means "thought". Ever big on subtlety, the Victorians devised an entire symbolic language of flowers. For example, a Victorian gentleman could express that he was thinking of his love by presenting her with a pansy. And she would understand what that meant! (Giving a pansy to a gentleman was considered bad luck). In fact, the pansy was considered to have magical love-inducing powers. The Celts and Ancient Greeks used the juice of a pansy as a love potion, and this floral elixir of amor even makes an appearance in A Midsummer Night's Dream. This c.1840 pansy is rendered using amethysts, emeralds and citrines.


  • Materials

    14k gold, silver, amethysts, emeralds, citrines

  • Age

    c. 1840

  • Condition

    Good - Bottom citrine is a replacement of the original

  • Size

    4.5, can be resized for an additional fee of $90

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