The beautiful pansy brooch was made in America – probably in Newport, Rhode Island – around 1900. American jewellers were particularly skillful enamellers, and the quality of enamelling at this period has never been surpassed. Pansies are a symbol of love – from the French ‘pensez a moi’ – ‘think of me’ and here we have three of them, each centred by a small diamond. One petal is stamped on the back 14K – 14 carat – and the brooch has a roll-over safety catch. These brooches are now hard to find, especially in 100% perfect condition, as this one is, with no enamel damage. It is apporoximately 2 inches:5 cms in height.