Heralds of spring

Cute Victorian Brooch Gold & Rubies Brooch, England circa 1895

Five little birds have settled on a perch and seem to be having a merry chat. This cute scene is presented to us in this brooch from around 1895, which came to us from London. The eyes of the little birds are given a lively appearance by small rubies and the jewel itself is made of gold with the typical British fineness of 15 carats (625/000), which was only used until 1932. Bird motifs are often found in Victorian jewellery of the late 19th century. In this symbol-loving era, each type of feathered companion had very different meanings: Swallows, for example, also known as "lovebirds" in the English-speaking world, were regarded as messengers of love and are often found as motifs in sentimental jewellery. Which species of the order of passerine birds is meant exactly in this brooch, can unfortunately not be determined. Perhaps it is a sparrow, whose characteristic chirping is the life of our towns and villages, or perhaps it is a starling, known for its impressive flocks. As a symbol of cheerful sociability, however, the statement of the brooch is also understandable in this way. The piece of jewelry is beautifully preserved and ready to set a cheerful accent!

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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.