As Dazzling as Love
Antique Gold & Australian Opal Arrow Brooch, England Circa 1900
The little god of love Cupid - mischievous and always up for a prank - is said, according to myth, to have shot around not only with one kind of love arrows. On the one hand he had golden arrows in his quiver, which triggered passionate love for another person in the person hit, but on the other hand he also possessed arrows made of lead, which instead of love and passion only caused indifference. The chaos arose especially when Cupid, to his amusement, shot one person with a leaden arrow, but the other with a golden one. A golden arrow we now see here, forged from high-carat gold and set with a dazzling opal. An arrow of love, then, meant to set the heart of the person struck into dazzling passion. The precious piece of jewellery is to be worn as a brooch and was created in late Victorian England. The beautiful brooch is made entirely of 18-carat gold, the opal comes from Australia and delights with its play of colours, which is particularly capable of producing red reflections. Cf. for the present brooch, for example, the goods offered in the catalogue of Goldsmiths & Silversmiths Company Ltd, London 1901, reproduced in Peter Hinks (ed.): Viktorianischer Schmuck, Hildesheim/Zürich/New York 1996, e.g. p. 51.
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