Resistance is futile!

Victorian Arrow Brooch With Old Cut Diamonds, Probably England Circa 1890

A particularly romantic message is conveyed by this antique brooch of the years around 1900, which came to us from Munich. The gold work with a patinated silver face shows itself as the arrow of Cupid, the god of love. The ancient god has been known since antiquity as a mischievous boy who strikes the heart with his arrows, awakening love. Resistance is futile, as already the famous saying Omnia vincit Amor ("Love conquers all") of the Roman poet Virgil. The little god of love Cupid - mischievous and always up for pranks - is said, according to myth, to have shot around not only with a kind of love arrows. On the one hand, he had golden arrows in his quiver, which triggered passionate love for another person in the person hit, but on the other hand, he also possessed arrows made of lead, which instead of love and passion only caused indifference. The chaos arose mainly when Cupid, for his amusement, shot one person with a leaden arrow, but the other with a golden one. Here we see a clearly golden arrow in front of us, even if its surface is made of silver, because it sparkles precious and luxurious. The tip of our arrow is set with diamonds, as are the feathers of the projectile. Centrally, we see a solitaire-set antique diamond in a cushion-shaped old European cut. In total, there are about 1.50 ct of diamonds embedded, which in turn also have a romantic meaning: as the hardest of all minerals, they are symbols of eternity. It is an arrow of love, then, meant to set the heart of the person struck with dazzling passion. In its beautiful form and touching symbolism, the well-preserved brooch is ideally suited for a love gift of a special kind.

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