A classic Victorian honeymoon brooch in 14K yellow gold. The traditional crescent shape supports a gold violet enameled in rich shades of rose, purple and cream and accented with green veining on the petals. The flower is centered with a small ruby. In Victorian flower language, the crescent shape represented “moon” and the flower represented sweetness or “honey”, thus “honeymoon”. Pins such as this were popular gifts from grooms to their new brides. The original early safety clasp has an unidentified maker’s mark.
- Origin: America, ca. 1900
- Condition: very good; a 1/16” flake on the tip of one flower petal; the pinstem is an early gold-filled replacement
- Dimensions: 7/8” x 3/4"
- Weight: 2.5 grams.