I love victorian brooches and often come across sentimental pieces from the Victorian and Edwardian eras. They are so very pretty and I imagine the original owners and those who gave them. Some types were particularly popular such as those with Mizpah written on them. Mizpah jewellery was given between parted lovers . The pieces all have one thing in common the word “Mizpah” and the legend ” may the Lord watch between me and thee when we are absent one from another”.
Typically the parted lovers were a soldier and his lady. He gave the piece just as he was going off to war and she prayed for his safe return. Not exclusively of course. Maybe it was the lady who was leaving – off to work in a different town or travelling with her mother.
Take a look in AntiquesAvenue’s antique brooches section we usually have one or two for sale.
I didn’t quite understand how the word Mizpah was connected with the words and have discovered the following entry on Wiki:
is an emotional bond between people who are separated (either physically or by death). Mizpah jewellery is worn to signify this bond and the word “mizpah” can often be found on headstones in cemeteries and on other memorials. From Genesis 31:49 of the Bible
“And Mizpah; for he said, The Lord watch between me and thee, when we are absent one from another.”
There is a whole world of collecting jewellery with just this one word on – they come in cuch a wide range of decoration. Costume jewellery, Silver and gold are all sought after. They range in price from about £5 to over £100. Of course sold gold Mizpah Jewellery is the most expensive.