A Russian jeweled gold miniature pendant egg, Samuel Arnd, St. Petersburg, circa 1885. The gold egg with a band of rose cut diamonds separating two stylized pansies, one set with cabochon sapphires and the other with rubies. Struck on suspension ring with maker’s mark and 56 gold standard (equivalent to 14K).
Wild pansies are known as heart’s ease both for their medicinal properties as well as the flower’s use in love potions to ease the heart- or love-sick. The English name pansy is derived from the French word pensée (thought) and the flower is regarded as a symbol of remembrance, particularly of one’s beloved.
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