Sentiment jewelry is a special name for jewelry that was worn in the 19th century. These are jewels that we wore in memory of the loved one or passed away. Often these jewels contain inscriptions or symbols, or even elements reminding the person for whom this jewel is intended. It can be hair or even teeth sometimes. In a “Memento Mori” or mourning jewelry context, the recurring symbols are the weeping willow, the hair, the urn. In the love context we find hidden messages, flaming hearts but also locks of hair, names. And they often feature words like “friendship” or illustrations of pansy flowers. They also sometimes have puns made with the colors of the stones.
These sentimental jewelry can have all of these elements. These are sought-after and rare jewels, real collector’s items. Here is the selection of Maison Mohs
Charm Pendant L’ca de Padrinhos in 19.2 karat yellow gold (800). Portuguese pendant with the inscription in black enamel “L’ca de Padrinhos,” meaning “from the godparents,” framed by two red enameled flowers with green enameled leaves. Pendant from around 1920, Portugal.
800 hallmark (Portuguese hallmarks)
Dimensions (including the bail): 15 mm x 10 mm
Condition: scratches from use
Weight: 0.50 gr
Learn more: These traditional charm pendants from Portugal are also called “dizer.” These pendants refer to the title of the person giving the jewelry, like saying “from” or “with love.”
Long French necklace barrel clasp in 18k rose gold (750). This antique necklace consists of a long flat-link chain that twists; it can be worn as a single strand, doubled, or tripled. The clasp is a box clasp, known as a barrel clasp. It has six facets decorated with enamel and inscriptions: one facet bears the word “Friendship,” another “Fidelity,” and a last one “Souvenir”; the remaining facets are adorned with enameled flowers.
Hallmark: Eagle head (French state hallmark for 18-karat gold). Late 19th century.
Length: 106.3 cm
Clasp Dimensions: 6.67 mm x 23 mm
Condition: enamel loss, scratches from use, minor dent
Hexagonal photo locket pendant in 18 karats gold. This antique locket pendant takes on the shape of a hexagon with a simple, undecorated gold border. The top section, beneath the bale, unscrews to open the pendant, revealing two beveled glasses inside. It can be used to insert a photo or a lock of hair. The pendant contains a miniature depicting a Saint or Saintess adorned with a crown of pink flowers and what appears to be a sword. The flower crown is an attribute of Saint Dorothée or Rosa de Lima, but there’s some uncertainty regarding this iconography. Above the saint’s halo, the word “félicité” (happiness) is discernible. This is an antique pendant from the mid-19th century.
Dimensions (including bale): 38 mm x 22 mm.
Condition: Signs of wear, invisible chip on the glass (under the mount). The miniature can be removed.
Edwardian solitaire engagement ring in 18 Karat Rose Gold (750). Antique engagement ring centered with a brilliant-cut diamond of approximately 0.15 carats, held in place by six prongs. The central diamond is enhanced by six rose-cut diamonds set on the shoulders of the ring. Antique engagement ring, from the early 20th century, France.
Eagle head hallmark.
Finger size: 53.5 EU or 6.5 US (resizing possible)
Shape-cut: round brilliant
Estimated dimensions: 3.47-3.69×2.36 mm
Estimated weight: 0.15 carats
Estimated color: I
Estimated clarity: VS2
Estimated cut: Good
Estimated polish: Good
Estimated symmetry: Good
Estimated fluorescence: Faint
Eros Love brooch in 18 karat (750) yellow gold. Antique brooch decorated with openwork gold leaf depicting an antique scene with Eros leaning on a stele decorated with a flaming heart. The gold leaf is applied to a square of silk. The ring is encircled by gold and onyx. The back of the jewel opens to conceal a photograph or a lock of hair. Antique brooch, circa 1870. Sentimental jewellery, France.
Eagle head hallmark and PC goldsmith hallmark.
Diameter: 27 mm
Condition: scratches from use, tiny chip to the onyx
Antique Victorian Marianne brooch in 18 karat (750) rose gold and silver. Antique brooch decorated with an enamelled portrait Marianne (French symbol) wearing a Phrygian cap topped with a laurel wreath. The portrait is set off by a surround of rose-cut diamonds in a silver setting. Antique brooch, late Victorian period, circa 1880.
AA hallmark, owl and swan hallmarks (French State hallmarks for 18-karat gold and silver)
Miniature portrait navette ring in yellow gold 18 karats (750) and silver. Ring with a miniature portrait of a lady in 18th century fashion – protected by a glass. The portrait is surrounded by 36 rose-cut diamonds. The ring’s band is plain and splits into gold strands at the shoulders to hold the ring’s plate. Antique sentimental ring of the late 18th century, early 19th century, Georgian period.
Swan and owl hallmark (French hallmarks, later add)
Finger circumference : 47 EU or 4 US (can be changed)
Total estimated weight of the diamonds : 0,12 carat
Condition : Dust under the glass, scratches from use
Forget-me-not turquoise ring in 18 karat rose gold (750), featuring a central design of a blossoming branch set with five turquoise cabochons and a faceted glass. The ring’s band is hollow and holds a braided lock of hair that decorates the entire circumference of the band. This memento ring dates from the second half of the 19th century, specifically the Napoleon III period.
Finger size: 61 EU or 9.5 US (resizable).
Band width: 4 mm.
Condition: slight deformation of the band around the hallmark area.