- Museum number
Chased two-colour gold brooch set with carved amethysts in the form of a fruiting mulberry with an enamelled gold ladybird on one leaf. The mulberries are carved on the upper side only. Image on left.
- Production date
- 1840 (circa)
Width: 5 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- Text from the Catalogue of the Hull Grundy Gift (Gere et al 1984) no. 664:
Black mulberry means 'I will not survive you'. The use of amethyst may have a significance beyond the purely natural; because the purple colour of the stone was closer to black than most other gemstones, the wearing of amethyst was permitted in the later stages of mourning (see Morley 1971, p. 67). The use of amethyst may thus confirm the mulberry's message of mourning. See 666. (Charlotte Gere).
Additions and corrections to original catalogue entry made by Judy Rudoe.
See also C. Gere & J. Rudoe, 'Jewellery in the Age of Queen Victoria: A Mirror to the World', London, British Museum, 2010, fig. 131 p.174. Caption: ‘jewels in coloured gold and stones imitating nature. European, 1840–70.’ (Charlotte Gere)
- On display (G47/dc8)
- Acquisition date
- Acquisition notes
- Phillips Auctioneers, Blenstock House, Blenheim Street, London W1. Original invoice for £42 to Anne Hull Grundy dated 31.1.1956, described as 'Lot 80; 19th-century gold leaf and rustic brooch with two carved amethyst fruits, one leaf applied with an enamelled ladybird'.
- Britain, Europe and Prehistory
- Registration number
- Additional IDs
Miscellaneous number: HG.894 (masterlist number)