Romantic brooch with pearls & turquoises in gold, around 1900

Among all nations, the British especially loved pieces of jewelry with hidden messages. This brooch, for example, is not only a decorative and precious piece of jewellery made of gold, turquoise and fine natural pearls - but at the same time, in Victorian times, it signalled to everyone that its wearer had recently tied the knot. The motif of the brooch is to be understood as a small word puzzle. A moon appears as a narrow, curved crescent in the shimmer of pearls, the flowers set here, formed of Persian turquoise, stand for the sweetness of love and the honey that busy little bees might gather from it. Together, then, they symbolically represent the word "honeymoon", the term commonly used in the English-speaking world for a honeymoon. The embedded gemstones were not chosen at random. Turquoise, for example, stands for the equally proverbial forget-me-not because of its colour, and pearls, as "gems" of Venus, the goddess of love, stand for love itself. Such brooches were very popular in late Victorian times and were usually given to young brides by their husbands as a wedding gift. The brooch was made of gold, in the years around 1900. It is excellently preserved and is still suitable today as a romantic gift, as a hidden message between two lovers, the meaning of which is only revealed to outsiders at second glance.

Natural pearls have always belonged in the art and wonder chambers of the rulers of Europe. The value of natural pearls compared to cultured pearls is obvious, since they are small natural wonders, just like natural gemstones. The price of natural pearls in the years around 1900 was about the same as that of diamonds of the same size, and pearls for a necklace were usually purchased individually for reasons of cost and collected until a strand was assembled. The magic that emanates from natural pearls can hardly be put into words, as each natural pearl is different from the next and has its own luster, structure and shine. They are always wonderful unique specimens of nature - which are hard to find today.

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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.