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Pensee Lace Pin Pansy in14kt Gold with Enamel

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    A solid 14kt gold pansy hand painted in enamel. It is a lace pin, a tiny pin with two big responsibilities. The first was to hold a length of lace in place on a lady's bodice or at her throat. The second responsibility ~ to communicate an important message to a loved one.

    This beautifully designed and meticulously made pin has elegantly curved lines. It gives the impression of floating on a spring breeze. The petals of the flower are enameled in creamy white with green veins and a charming, perfect seed pearl set as the flower's center. The back has its original c-clasp in working order. You can wear this pin as often as you like with complete confidence.

    The pansy's name is derived from the French word pensee, to think. The message given with this pin is an early one: When this you see, pray think of me. Ophelia spoke it through the pen of Shakespeare: “There’s pansies, that’s for thoughts...” she said.

    A tiny treasure, this lace pin is in beautiful condition with not a flaw to be found. It measures a mere 3/4" X 1/2". The enamel is lovely. The size makes this pin versatile. Use it as a collar pin, a tie pin, a pristine focal point within a group of lace pins. It is worthy of framing in a tiny shadowbox, if you like. Your pin will be delivered to you in a nice gift box. 

    The history of the lace pin is interesting. It's function was often doublefold. First, these tiny pins were meant to hold layers of lace in place on a lady's bodice or at her throat. Second, if the face of the pin was in a particular form, it meant the pin was given with a secret message behind it. This pin face is in the form of a pansy, the flower whose name was taken from the French word pensee ~ to think of, to remember. Two pansies in one pin would indicate a plea of double strength. "Please think of me when we are apart." A meaningful gift for a fiancee or wife, girlfriend or best friend, daughter, mother. Your pin will be delivered to you in a new gift box.

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