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  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1850 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Gold brooch set with turquoise and diamonds

  • Credit Line:

    Given by the American Friends of the V&A through the generosity of Patricia V. Goldstein

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Jewellery, Rooms 91, The William and Judith Bollinger Gallery, case 19, shelf A, box 3

Victorian jewellery is rich in sentimental symbolism, used to signify mourning, love and friendship. Turquoise was used in profusion in jewellery of the 19th century. The bright blue colour echoed forget-me-nots, which signified true love in the language of flowers used in sentimental jewellery. It was a popular gift to bridesmaids, often in the form of turquoise doves. In 1840, Queen Victoria gave her twelve bridesmaids turquoise brooches in the shape of a Coburg eagle, a reference to Prince Albert's family.

Place of Origin

England (made)


ca. 1850 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Gold brooch set with turquoise and diamonds


Height: 4.1 cm, Width: 4.1 cm, Depth: 1.7 cm

Descriptive line

Gold, turquoise and diamond brooch. England, about 1850.


Turquoise; Gold; Diamond


Jewellery; Metalwork


Metalwork Collection

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