On the Wings of Love

Antique brooch with natural pearls & turquoises in gold, Great Britain circa 1900

Figurative designs are one of the hallmarks of British jewellery of the Belle Époque. Moons, stars, hearts, wings, but also insects and animals found their way into jewellery design, as did floral motifs. Often they were even combined, so that in turn new compositions were created. The present brooch is in the shape of two spread wings with a heart swinging underneath. The heart with its slightly curved tip is a so-called "witch's heart". This heart shape is derived from even much older amulets: Until the 17th century, the witch's heart, also known as the Luckenbooth in Scotland, was pinned to baby blankets to protect children from the evil eye. Since the 18th century, however, it has been used as a love offering: While one heart indicates that the person giving the gift has been "charmed" by the recipient of the trinket, two hearts indicate a romantic attachment such as an engagement or marriage. The brooch is set with fine seed pearls, also characteristic of British jewelry of the period. Emblazoned in the center of the heart are three cabochon-cut turquoises. These stones also had romantic connotations: The blue color he reminded people of the flowers of the forget-me-not, which is why the turquoise took on the speaking meaning of the little plant in the language of jewels, including in English. As early as Henry IV, the loan translation "Forget-me-not" was introduced into England, where it persists to this day. Especially in Victorian times, turquoise was therefore often used in jewellery of a sentimental nature. This romantic piece of jewelry is very well preserved. It found its way to us from England, where it was also created.

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We want you to be 100% satisfied! That’s why we examine, describe and photograph all our jewellery with the utmost care.

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.