Precious Happiness

Antique Brooch With Ruby, Sapphire, Pearl & Diamonds, Around 1900

What great luck it is to see precious coloured stones and diamonds united in one piece of jewellery. How unbelievable were the coincidences that had to come together over millions of years to allow these stones to form in the first place. What a coincidence it must have been that the stones came to the surface of the earth - and what luck then that someone also found them, faceted them, brought them together and united them in a piece of jewellery! The brooch here combines sparkling diamonds, a sapphire, a ruby and a pearl, all naturally grown, in one piece of jewellery. It is designed as a stick on which a plant has been placed - a three-leaved flower or a clover. The latter in particular has itself been a good luck charm since time immemorial. Thus the clover is the model for the playing card suit "cross", French "Trèfle" = clover, in English one says "to live in clover" to express that one leads a carefree life full of luck and wealth. And medieval love poetry has also made the "green clover" the place where lovers meet. Brooches like this one, in clover shape with precious trim, were a big fashion in the years around 1900. Enclosed is an excerpt from the 1901 sales catalogue of the London manufactory Goldsmiths & Silversmiths Co Ltd, 112 Regent Street, London, which shows a similar clover brooch at the bottom right. However, the trim on these pieces varies greatly. We find examples in the literature with diamonds, with opals, with coloured stones - everything that brought happiness together is found happily united here. Illustration according to Peter Hinks (ed.): Viktorianischer Schmuck, Hildesheim/Zürich/New York 1996, p. 49.

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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.