Goddess of love

Antique lapel pin with shellgemme in gold, around 1875

Gem jewellery was popular throughout the 19th century, both at the beginning of the century in classicism and in the historicism of the late Saecul period. This lapel pin from around 1875 shows that both sexes could wear this medium. The cameo, cut from a shell, shows a well-known deity of antiquity, which has been depicted throughout the centuries by various artists from the Renaissance to the modern age. It is Venus, the goddess of love, who, like her Greek counterpart Aphrodite, was one of the most revered deities in antiquity. Numerous stories and anecdotes entwine around her love affairs and erotic escapades. She was considered the most beautiful of all women and was immortalized as such countless times by artists. This finely cut shell cameo also depicts the beautiful goddess. Sculpted as a breast figure in profile, the special finesse of the depiction of garment and hair is enchanting: luxuriant curls with braids and strings of pearls wind around the beautiful head of the ruler of love. The conception of the goddess's head radiates a pleasant tranquillity, and the restrainedly simple framing of gold provides an equally elegant and fitting setting for this. The shell gem in its golden setting now makes the pin a beautiful gem ornament for the art-loving lady or gentleman and seduces on the lapel into the world of classical mythology.

Shells with mythological motifs were created especially in the 19th century in Italy for travellers on a Grand Tour. This so-called cavalier tour, which was supposed to perfect the education of the travellers, led to the antique buildings, to the art collections of Rome and Naples and the early tourists brought small souvenirs from their journey across the Alps, which were supposed to tell of the experiences of the Italian journey.

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