Garnet has nice sheen with no chips or surface wear. Braided hair panel is intact without any fraying or wear. Clasp is secure and original. See photo of monogrammed name.
Tests for 14k gold, natural garnet, human hair. Made by hand or in small groups of similar styles, vintage jewelry is individualistic with its own special story. Uncommon combination of Halleys comet design as mourning jewelry. Finely woven hair panel is inset (not under glass) in the tail of the comet and a richly colored garnet cabochon is the nucleus. Truly petite and featherlight in your hand makes brooch all the more remarkable for detailed design.Symbolism in antique and vintage jewelry is common, yet it can be hard to spot if you dont know what youre 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 societys 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. 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.
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. _gsrx_vers_1292 GS 8.3.6 (1292). The item "Antique Victorian Mourning Halley's Comet 14k Gold Garnet Hair Brooch Pin" is in sale since Sunday, November 14, 2021.
This item is in the category "Jewelry & Watches\Vintage & Antique Jewelry\Brooches & Pins". The seller is "oxfordjewel" and is located in Altadena, California. This item can be shipped to United States, Canada.