Victorian Sterling Silver Swallow Bird Flower Bangle Bracelet
Excellent condition. Fresh looking, soft wear is noticeable only on close inspection.
* Silver setting has a bright patina with minor surface wear.
* No dents or imperfections to the shape.
* Clasp is secure and original, small solder repair to the safety chain loop (see photo).
Length 7 1/8" interior circumference
Mark See photo (French silver and maker marks)
Weight 23 grams
Material Tests for sterling silver
Made by hand or in small groups of similar styles, vintage jewelry is individualistic with its own special history.
* Made in France, this bangle has a hand etched design of flowers and a flying swallow bird.
* During the Victorian era, swallows were a symbol for enduring love and loyalty since they mate for life.
* Distinct oval shape wraps firmly around your wrist keeping the design side upright.
* Excellent condition showcases the design detail and quality of construction.
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.