Victorian Bohemian Garnet Grape Leaf Miniature Sterling Silver Brooch Pin
Very good condition. Fresh looking, wear is noticeable on close inspection.
* Silver setting has a bright patina with some surface wear.
* Vermeil finish appears to have only been on the vine and this is still intact.
* No dents or imperfections to the shape.
* Garnets are smooth and gleaming with no chips, minor surface wear, and faceting is crisp and refractive.
* Garnets are all in place, one was replaced with a bohemian cut garnet.
* Clasp is secure and was repaired a while ago at the hinge.
Width Bit fuller than 5/8"
Mark No mark
Weight 3 grams
Material Setting tests for sterling silver, natural garnets
Made by hand or in small groups of similar styles, vintage jewelry is individualistic with its own special history.
* Grape leaf was a Victorian symbolism for Christian faith as well as abundance and harvest.
* Tiny, miniature design, is still beautifully detailed with a realistic shape and dimension.
* Garnets glow when they catch the right light and this piece has a dense and solid feel despite its tiny size.
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.