A Russian Gold and Gem-set Love Token

St Petersburg, c.1890


in yellow gold, comprising of a pansy flower, the top petals mounted with two cabochon blue sapphires, the bottom petals with old European cut diamonds, the tendrilous stem curling beneath the blossom to form a question mark, punctuated with a further old cut diamond, within an oval shaped gold border.

Stamped with workmaster’s mark ‘AP’.
56 zolotnik

Length: 3.5cm


The pansy flower is a rebus for ‘pensez à moi ‘ or ‘think of me.’ The combination of the flower with the question mark transforms the message into ‘are you thinking of me?’