Inspired by the Victorian’s love and use of floriography alongside the gorgeous scenes of the English countryside, these spellbinding lockets have been filled with items full of symbology and botanical folklore.
This gorgeous antique rolled gold locket has been found and lovingly restored to encase a sweet pressed stem of forget me nots. The locket is complete with a lovely frame and is easily opened at the top by twisting the bale if you wish to swap the forget me nots for a photo or a pressed memento of your own.
The forget me nots were found and hand picked by myself in Hertfordshire on a nature walk with my son.
Floriography: Forget me nots represent remembrance, reminders of memories, affection and love.
Botanical Folklore : The name of the forget me not is from the Greek word Myositis which means 'mouse's ear', and the common name forget me mot stems from the German vergissmichnicht . The flower shows up frequently in Victorian mourning jewellery, memento jewellery and Art Nouveau enamel charms particularly ones produced in Germany and Austria.
There is a tale that A knight was walking alongside a moving river with his beau, when the girl glanced to the floor and saw the small distinctive flowers of the Forget me nots. The knight saw how his love looked at the flowers and bent down to pick a stem to produce to her as a gift . Upon bending, the knight picked the flower and lost his balance falling into the rushing water of the river . As he sank to the depths he held out the blue flowers to his beau and shouted do not forget me , and then sank without a trace .
Condition: Great antique conditon, some very minor wear to the rolled gold overall with a more worn small patch towards the top left. Panes are secure within frame.
Sizing: approx 2.9cm width and 3.7cm from bottom of locket to top of bale.
A 16" or 18" gold plated chain is included with this item. This is so your pendant is instantly wearable ; I do advise swapping to a longer lasting and better quality chain when you can, preferably a pretty vintage chain to compliment your jewel which can be found in my chain section here .Please specify in the comment box which length you would prefer. For reference : In all of the photos the model is wearing a 16" chain .
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