Gold ring set with two green glass stones and enamelled plaques decorated with pansies and the inscription ‘A votre ami’. 1819-1838.
This ring was a romantic present from a man to his love. The French word ‘pensées’ means both pansies, as painted on the bezel of this ring, and ‘thoughts’. In this case the pansies stand for ‘pensez’, meaning ‘think’. The flowers and words taken together read ‘Pensez à votre ami’, ‘think of your friend’. The lover hoped that his love would wear the ring and think of him.