Of all the birds I've seen...

Unused bohemian garnet brooch in red gold plated silver

"Wise old owl upon the oak, Thou hast seen much of thy kingdom; If thou speak'st not, thou hear'st the more: Would that I were such a wise bird." (Anonymous) Because of its friendly exterior, the owl is familiar to us in a way. The fluffy feathery fur of the owl creates a feeling of security, its face with the big eyes and the small beak reminds us of that of humans. The latter characteristic is also the reason why Greek mythology regarded the owl as a symbol of wisdom. According to tradition, Athena, the goddess of wisdom and namesake of Greece's capital Athens, always traveled with an owl as a companion. Here we have a brooch that is designed in the shape of an owl. Numerous rose-cut garnets are set close together in red gold-plated silver, which gives the dark fire of the garnets the necessary space to unfold. The garnets used are genuine stones from Bohemia, which impress with their particularly deep red colouring and were known in the Middle Ages as "carbuncle stones". By a lucky circumstance we became aware of a small manufactory, rich in tradition, where garnet jewellery is still produced in the same way as in the years around 1900. The jewellery created here is made in elaborate handwork, but at the same time it is unworn. So you can be sure that all the stones in this brooch are firmly seated and perfectly crafted.

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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.