Victorian Sterling Silver Persian Turquoise Garnet Bird Brooch Pin
A bird (possibly a pheasant) walking in an inquisitive stance, has her tail plume fanned outward. Made during the Victorian era, this pin is delicate and airy feeling in your hand, yet is still solid with a refined sterling silver construction. Accented with vibrant Persian turquoise stones to define the feathers, the watchful eye is a sparkling garnet.
Condition Guide Excellent. This piece is fresh looking, it must have been tucked away and well taken care of, or worn infrequently.
* The silver setting is bright and fresh looking without any surface wear and no dents or misshapen spots.
* The stones are all in places without any chipping and a minor amount of surface wear.
* There are no irregularities to the setting or signs of solder or repair and the piece has a firm shape.
Width 1 5/8"
Mark No mark
Clasp Secure, and original
Weight 4.9 grams
Material Tests for Sterling Silver, natural turquoise, glass
Collector Note On Figurals. Figural jewelry includes any piece that has been shaped into an animal, person, object, or detailed "day in the life" scene. Antique and vintage figural jewelry is often quite charming and collectible for the realistic or cutesy details. Specific objects or animals became popular and prolific in jewelry during certain time periods, Scotty dogs during the 1940's for example, or swallow birds during the Victorian era. Figural jewelry is special for its detail and realism but also tells the story of the decade they were made in.
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.