This exquisite little Art Nouveau brooch was made in Australia during the Art Nouveau period by iconic maker Aronson & Co and hallmarked accordingly with his symbol of a ‘flag’ 9 for 9ct and the ‘wheat sheaf’ which is the guarantee mark for 9ct.
Set with nine seed pearls to form the lily of the valley flowers and petals and a natural amethyst to the stem.
Hand made from 9ct gold, with original C clasp and pin.
Simple, elegant and organic in nature, it epitomises the era, and these Australian Art Nouveau pieces are exceedingly rare to find as the era only lasted for around 15 years.
One for the collector of these early Australian pieces, or would make a lovely gift for any Gemini in the family being the official flower of this star sign!
History of the Lily of the Valley
"Did you know the lily of the valley symbolises happiness, modesty, chastity and purity and has been a popular wedding flower since the Middle ages?
On May 1, 1561, King Charles IX received lily of the valley as a gift of luck and continued the tradition every first of May by giving the women of his court this fragrant flower. Today, every year in France, bunches of lily of the valley are sold on streets.
It is also considered the flower of fairies, its tiny bells used as cups from which to drink".
4.5cm x 1.4cm
Lovely antique condition, all pearls are original and no replacements or re-gluing. Amethyst is securely claw set. Pin, quite traditionally, is ‘gilt’ and signed as such, this was incorporated for strength. Hallmarked quite clearly for Aronson & Co.