Sterling Silver Natural Lapis Lazuli Seed Pearl Horseshoe Brooch Pin
Excellent condition. Fresh looking, soft wear is noticeable only on close inspection.
* setting has a bright patina with minor surface wear.
* No dents or imperfections to the shape or signs of repair.
* stones are gleaming with no chips or surface wear.
* Two tiny lapis stones at the far ends look like replacements, they are slightly brighter but this is noticeable only on close inspection.
* Seed pearls are all in place.
* Clasp is secure and original.
Length 1 1/4"
Mark No mark
Weight 9 grams
Material Tests for sterling silver, natural lapis lazuli and seed pearls
Made by hand or in small groups of similar styles, vintage jewelry is individualistic with its own special history.
* Horseshoe design was popular during the Victorian era as a symbol for good luck.
* This particular example is unique for its vibrant hue of blue from glossy lapis stones.
* Well made and pleasantly shaped, this piece has a quality weight and feel in your hand.
On Symbolism In Jewelry. Symbolism in antique and vintage jewelry is common, yet it can be hard to spot if you don't know what you're 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 society's 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 step back into history.
On Victorian. 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.