Victorian Edwardian 10k Gold Crescent Moon Pearl Blue Topaz Brooch Pin
Very good condition. Fresh looking, wear is noticeable on close inspection.
* Gold setting has a bright patina with minor surface wear.
* No dents or imperfections to the shape or signs of repair.
* Topaz stones are smooth and gleaming with no chips or surface wear, faceting is crisp and refractive.
* Seed pearls are all in place and look original.
* Clasp is secure and original.
Era Late Victorian / Edwardian
Length 2 1/8"
Mark Tiny 10k gold and maker mark on the pin
Weight 2 grams
Material Tests for 10k gold, natural blue topaz and seed pearls
Made by hand or in small groups of similar styles, vintage jewelry is individualistic with its own special history.
* Extra slim sliver of a crescent moon is given bolder impact from alternating blue topaz and seed pearls.
* Subtle shifts of color from each blue topaz gives the piece a celestial and glimmering quality.
* During Victorian era, crescent moon was a symbol of the feminine moon goddess.
* Thin and delicate, with a feather-light feel in your hand, this pin will lay flush along your lapel.
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.