Freed from the ice...

Gold-set coral gem of the goddess Flora as a brooch, Italy circa 1875

Soon the beautiful spring begins and everything starts to bloom anew - this brooch fits wonderfully to this special season. It presents us with a wonderful gem the goddess Flora, who was the goddess of spring in classical antiquity. Gem jewellery was particularly popular in the second half of the 19th century. Almost every lady in society owned a carved piece, mainly depicting mythological motifs from antiquity. The great figures of history were loved, and so many philosophers and emperors, but also goddesses and gods can be found on the rings and brooches of this generation. Our brooch also belongs to this environment and presents such a cameo made of finely cut Mediterranean coral. The region around the Gulf of Naples, in particular, specialized in the art of gem carving and produced a variety of beautiful gems and cameos that were exported worldwide. Our flora, too, was almost certainly created at the foot of Vesuvius. The great craftsmanship in which the detailed and sculptural cutting was carried out is particularly inspiring. The goddess is depicted en face; we recognise her by the characteristic flower decoration in her hair. An elaborate setting of gold makes the oval coral cut wearable as a brooch. A wonderful piece of jewellery, a fine carving from around 1875 with a truly spring-fresh motif!

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