This special necklace features an unusual flower-shaped porcelain button depicting a sweet purple pansy. The porcelain button is lovingly encircled by a hand-carved mother of pearl button and delicate brass filigree.
Most Victorian-era porcelain buttons were hand-painted by well-bred women in their parlors. Painting porcelain was a popular domestic art in the late 19th century, similar to needlework or knitting in the 20th century.
The word pansy originated from the French word pensée, meaning thought or remembrance expressed in a poetic form. So, giving someone a bouquet of pansies lets them know you're thinking of them.
Boldly expressing your feelings wasn't socially acceptable in Victorian-era England. Much like modern teenagers with emojis, Victorians expressed their feelings with flowers.