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Antique brooch with shellgem of the god Apollon in silver, around 1880

Gem jewellery was already popular in Roman antiquity and received new impetus first in the Renaissance and then in Classicism. Almost every wealthy lady and also many gentlemen owned carved works depicting mythological motifs from classical antiquity. People loved the great tales of antiquity, and so, in addition to deities, ancient philosophers, emperors or legendary heroes can be found on the jewellery of the 19th century. This brooch shows one of the most famous figures of classical antiquity: it is Apollo, son of Zeus, the father of the gods. In Greek mythology, Apollo was the god of music, poetry and song. Numerous adventures and events revolve around him, and the fates of many other deities and characters in the ancient sagas are interwoven with him. As the protector of the arts, Apollo presided over the nine Muses. As one of the most important gods of Greece, the famous oracle site at Delphi was dedicated to him. This gem shows the god cut out of a two-coloured shell. The god is recognizable by his special hairstyle. Cut in the 80s of the 19th century in the region of Naples, the gem is held by a magnificent setting of silver and can thus be worn as a brooch. The piece of jewelry is beautifully preserved and for all musically gifted who want to climb the steps to Parnassus, the perfect gift!

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