Sea Picture

Delicate Aquamarine & Pearl Brooch from Great Britain, circa 1905

From time immemorial, Britain's society and fashion, its tastes and trade, have been centred on the sea. The British fleet has crisscrossed the seas for centuries, creating a world empire and bringing home untold treasures from everywhere. This circumstance also influenced the art creation of the British. On October 5, 1899, Clara Butt sang the premiere of "Sea Pictures" by Edgar Elgar, the great English composer. For this she was dressed as a mermaid, for Elgar's song circle is concerned with the sea and its mystical inhabitants. The audience was so enraptured by Elgar's music and Butt's performance that a short time later she was invited by Queen Victoria to sing again as a mermaid, accompanied by Elgar on the piano, at Balmoral Castle in Scotland.... The whisper of the sea seems to have been caught in the brooch here, created shortly after that period when Elgar's "Sea Slumber Song" became an earworm for English society. Three faceted, seawater blue aquamarines form the piece's sparkling trim, and four small Oriental pearls are set in with the blue gemstones arranged in a light, elegant row. The brooch is a so-called collar brooch, which was worn at the beginning of the century in the middle of the collar of high-necked blouses. Today, of course, the pin can also decorate the outfit in other places. We have discovered the brooch in Frankfurt am Main. Dare to try and wear the piece of jewellery with its sea theme while listening to Elgar's "Sea Pictures" - perhaps you will be as enchanted as Queen Victoria once was?

The aquamarine is a gemstone that immediately captivates almost all gemstone lovers. Mineralogically, aquamarine is a variety of the mineral beryl, the group of minerals that also includes emerald and heliodor. The most important deposits of this gemstone are found in Madagascar and Brazil, where the most beautiful, so-called Santa Maria aquamarines are mined in the city of Ceará. As the protective stone of seafarers, the gemstone of lovers or as a stone that promises wisdom - for thousands of years the aquamarine has been one of the most valued gemstones in the world. Even in ancient times, people revered it for its brilliance and its color, which is reminiscent of the sea and cloudless skies. According to tradition, it was also believed that the gemstone could appease the god of the sea, Poseidon: sailors therefore threw aquamarines overboard during wild storms to soothe the fury of the sea god. In the Middle Ages, aquamarines were placed in the reliquaries of saints, often as peepholes so that one could look inside the goldsmith's work, for aquamarines are usually particularly pure and without inclusions. The brightest, whitest beryls were even used to make spectacle lenses - which is where our word for them comes from!

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If for any reason you are still not satisfied, contact us and we will find a mutual solution immediately. Regardless, you can return any item within 30 days and we will refund you the full purchase price.