Loyal love

Victorian brooch with turquoises & pearls in gold, around 1900

"A Crescent Brooch or Pin (...) is always a desirable gift, and a decided acquisition to milady's jewel box. It matters not how numerous the variety in other brooches, one must have a crescent effect numbered as among the jewelled treasures." Loosely translated, "A crescent brooch is always a desirable gift and a decided addition to a lady's jewel box. No matter how great the variety of other brooches, there must be a crescent among the jeweled treasures." (From a jewellery catalogue of Kent Jewellers, Toronto, 1904) Crescent brooches were undoubtedly among the most popular pieces of jewellery of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. In fact, these brooches emerged in more and more variations, in a wide variety of combinations of motifs and materials. This brooch features a romantic motif: the crescent moon threads its way through a heart. Besides the self-explanatory symbolism of the heart, however, there are other layers of meaning: The crown, for example, is a sign of loyalty and, in conjunction with the heart, symbolizes loving fidelity. The turquoise, on the other hand, was associated with the forget-me-not due to its colour relationship, whose meaning in Victorian flower language was not only "forget-me-not", but also "true love". The brooch is in excellent condition and comes with the antique case shown.

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