Pastel blue enameling highlights the greek key design across the face of this delicate Victorian horseshoe brooch. A horseshoe has for centuries symbolized good luck, and the greek key pattern was a most important symbol in Greece representing eternity or the eternal flow of things. Intricately made for such a thin and petite piece, the original wearer would have been hoping for eternal good luck. This piece is fresh looking and was well taken care of, the minimal amounts of wear are noticeable only on close inspection. The gold has a bright patina without any dents and a modest amount of surface wear.
The enameling is intact with dense and vibrant color that doesnt have any chipping and a modest amount of surface wear. The seed pearls are all intact and look original with a pearly surface that has a modest amount of surface wear. There are no irregularities to the setting or signs of solder or repair and the piece has a firm shape. If the piece is not marked it is tested for. Symbolism in antique and vintage jewelry is common, yet it can be hard to spot if you dont know what youre looking for.
Often, specific natural gemstones, flowers, birds, and motifs like stars and anchors were imbued with meanings that have fallen out of present-day societys collective memory. To appreciate the power of symbols in antique jewelry is to imagine what it would have been like to wear the piece and connect with that meaning today. A young Queen Victoria assumed her role in 1837 and her taste in jewelry quickly became culturally influential, within England and beyond. Her relationship to jewelry was enmeshed with her husband, Prince Albert, who gifted the Queen for their engagement, a snake ring, embedded with an emerald (her birthstone) in its head. Continuing from the Georgian era and intensified by Queen Victoria.
S taste, sentimental and figural jewelry was a major trend throughout the Victorian era. When certain ideas and words were deemed too forward or improper to be spoken, jewelry and symbolic meaning was used to communicate what was left unsaid. When Prince Albert passed away in 1861, his death sent Victoria into a deep depression, and she mourned him for the remaining forty years of her life. There are several different styles of enameling: guilloche (colored, transparent enamel over a metal surface with geometric grooves), champlevé (enamel fills etchings or depressions in a metal surface), plique a jour (translucent enamel fitted into open-back metal cells) and more. What makes antique or vintage enamel pieces collectible is the condition of the enamel workis it distinct and vibrant?Is it free from chips? Other characteristics like an elaborate pattern, unique depiction, or the use of multiple colors can add more value to an enamel piece.
_gsrx_vers_837 GS 7.0.15 (837). The item "Antique Victorian 10k Gold Blue Enamel Greek Key Horseshoe Seed Pearl Brooch Pin" is in sale since Thursday, May 7, 2020. This item is in the category "Jewelry & Watches\Vintage & Antique Jewelry\Fine\Victorian, Edwardian 1837-1910\Pins, Brooches". The seller is "oxfordjewel" and is located in Altadena, California.
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