We have similar Mourning and Pearl items, which would pair nicely with this piece, for sale this week. Listing Description by: Cait P. Age Circa : Victorian C. Markings: Unmarked, Tested, Guaranteed. Country of Origin: Unknown. Gram Weight : 7.3 Grams. Metal Type: 14k Rose Gold. Main Stone Measurements/Color: 3.5 mm to 13.15 mm long, 4.35 mm to 19.15 mm wide, Opaque black hue. Accent Stone: Seed Pearl. Accent Stone Measurements/Color: 1.6 mm diameter, Lustrous white hue. Stone Treatment: The stone(s) appear to be untreated, but we are not certified gemologists. Stone(s) have been tested and guaranteed using a professional Presidium Duo refractive, heat, and hardness tester. Stone Cuts: Carved and Polished Cabochon, Naturally Rounded and Polished Seed Pearl. Item Measurements: The brooch measures 1.1″ long, 1.35″ wide, and 0.30 in depth. Brooch, Lapel Pin, Hat Pin, Scarf Pin. Closure Type: Pin Stem With Open “C” Clasp, Standard Bale. Convertible to Pendant: This brooch has a standard bale and can be worn as a pendant on a chain. Handmade during the Victorian era in the Memento Mori and Mourning Style. The brooch features black jet stones, applied rose gold leaf accents, and a seed pearl. Due to the weight of the piece, it is best suited for wear on thicker fabrics like those used in scarves, hats, and lapels. Damage: Age appropriate wear. This listing is for the item only. The Victorian era took place from the year 1836 to the year 1901, which was the span of Queen Victorias reign. Queen Victorias style was undoubtedly influential on the fashions of her country and ultimately led to three distinct jewelry trends emerging from the era. The first of these three styles was the Romantic period. The Romantic period was impacted by the Georgian period, which preceded it. The second period was the Grand period, which was primarily defined by mourning jewelry and the trends surrounding it. The final period was the Aesthetic period. The Aesthetic period was more lighthearted and airy than the previous periods and focused on aesthetic beauty and joy. This era features floral, natural, and feminine motifs, and utilized chased gold designs, enamel, and seed pearls. Memento Mori objects and jewelry were created to remind one of mortality. These objects of adornment, most often rings, are referred to as Memento Mori a succinct term reminding us of our transience on Earth, and a warning to prepare ourselves for whatever other realm awaits us. This type of item really gained popularity during the 1500s. Mourning Jewelry has been around for hundreds of years but became especially popular during the Victorian era. When Prince Albert died in 1861, Queen Victoria went into a state of mourning for over 40 years. She would often wear Black Memorial jewelry, Jet and Onyx. With the public seeing this, it rose immensely in popularity and soon enough was a staple of the Victorian period. Oftentimes, mourning jewelry included a relic from the deceased. Black jet is a beautiful hardened fossilized coal type of material that has the appearance of black glass. Jet has been used since around 100 BC. Carved statues have been found in prehistoric burial mounds. In antique jewelry, this symbolized mourning and was in high fashion for over 100+ years. Seed pearls occur naturally and are used most often as a decorative border, as tiny accents in small patterns, or in larger clusters woven together to make up an entire piece of jewelry. They are normally less than 2 mm in diameter. They were imported from India and China and carried a hefty price tag due to this. Seed Pearl jewelry was used often for special occasions such as weddings, Mary Todd Lincoln received a seed pearl parure for Lincoln’s inauguration. The item “Antique Vintage Victorian 14k Rose Gold Black Jet Seed Pearl Mourning Pin Brooch” is in sale since Sunday, August 4, 2019. This item is in the category “Jewelry & Watches\Vintage & Antique Jewelry\Fine\Victorian, Edwardian 1837-1910\Pins, Brooches”. The seller is “abeautifultimeco” and is located in Fort Collins, Colorado. This item can be shipped worldwide.