In the language of flowers dating back centuries, there is no clearer message than the forget me not flower. Termed floriography, from Shakespeare to the Bible, flowers can carry weighty symbolic significance.
With their cerulean blue hue and their tipped five petals delicacy, a spray of forget me nots curves across the surface of this brooch. Hand painted in enamel, shades of violet blue, forest green and ochre yellow, brown, pink and white take shape on a vanilla background.
The words "Forget me not" sit to the lower left. In sterling silver, this Victorian brooch's middle and outer areas' scalloped edges impart an undulating impression. On the lower level, engraved parallel lines enhance the beaded rim, common to many pieces of Victorian jewelry from this period.