Thursday, September 13, 2012

Edwardia Necklace - SGD 125 - Sold

This is honestly going to be the one I find it the hardest to part with, simply because of that seriously awesome Victorian swallows brooch pin with a bezel set opal cabochon. This was a surprise find during my antiquing stint in the UK this summer and I just know I may never come across the likes of it again! I kept it simple with a pretty faceted emerald green onyx dewdrop briolette, vintage rhinestone drop, freshwater pearls and sprinkles of semiprecious rondelles on a 14k GF chain.

Victorians were known for their sentimentality and expressed itself in their tendency to use symbolism in their jewellery. Apart from flower language, the swallow was another popular jewellery motif in that time period. The Victorians use swallows to symbolise "the winged soul", love, children, motherhood and more. Swallows were known to always return to the same nesting place no matter where they went so they symbolised "faithfully returning home". This is why sailors of old liked using swallows as a tattoo theme -- due to their navigational prowess and the fact that he sight of a swallow also indicated that land was near. How much meaning for one little birdie!

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