Happiness in love

Antique brooch with diamonds & pearls in gold & silver, Vienna circa 1890

Today we know the clover mainly as a symbol of luck. In earlier times, however, the leaves of this plant were also known as symbols of love. Reference is made to Gottfried von Strassburg's work "Tristan and Isolde", in which Isolde wears a headdress of clover leaves when the two lovers meet. Moreover, medieval love poetry made the proverbial "green clover" the site of the lovers' encounter. Anna Burke's encyclopedia of floral language, The Illustrated Language of Flowers, first published in 1856, also lists white clover under the meaning "Think of me." In the period around 1890, both three- and four-leaf clovers were a popular decorative motif. The present brooch shows in its center a sculptured three-leaf clover, the leaves of which are completely set with diamonds. A frame of rose-cut diamonds surrounds the little plant. In its center and to its sides are also emblazoned a total of three natural pearls with creamy luster. As was customary at the time, the jewelry is executed in silver on reddish gold. The jewelry bears an Austrian goldsmith's or jeweler's mark. However, the initials "FK" in the rectangle were used by three Viennese jewelers - Franz Köck, F. Kudrnka as well as Franz Keiler senior - so that a clear assignment is unfortunately not possible. However, it is certain that the small brooch was created in Vienna between 1872 and 1922. The design, the execution and diamond cuts let us assign it to the time around 1890.

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