I've recently been lucky enough to find a pair of Victorian jet charms that I believe used to be earrings. Two carved hands, facing downwards with flowery cuffs around the wrists, each holding what looks like a sprig of leaves.
I can't find anything about the meaning of the design. Whenever I dig for hand motifs in mourning jewellery, I get results about 'hand carved' this and that.
Can anyone shed some light on the meaning of the design? Would they have been mourning pieces?