Dating to the early 20th century and crafted from 15ct yellow gold this versatile piece is both a brooch and, with a hidden fish hook bale, can also be worn as a pendant.
Styled as a classic celestial ‘Starburst’ and set throughout with natural half seed Pearls and to the very center a single natural Turquoise cabochon.
Three dimensional in raised fashion, beautifully crafted, and steeped in symbolism this lovely antique piece will not disappoint.
Natural half seed Pearl
Very very good antique condition. Original pin and clasp to verso - pin is non gold but original. Seed Pearls and Turquoise all in very good condition with perhaps one or two being replacements, only noticeable under loupe, to us. Strikingly pretty antique celestial jewel.
Significance of Celestial Jewellery during Victorian and Aesthetic eras
Victorian Era 1837-1901
Aesthetic Era 1885-1901
From around the 1860s onward, stars, moons, a combination or the two and Halleys comet were very popular motifs.
Stars could be found carved into gemstones, fashioned as brooches and hair ornaments, or formed with pearls, opals, rubies, diamonds and other hard stones.
This time period also coincides with the release of From the Earth to the Moon by Jules Verne, which imagined a futuristic journey to the moon in a rocket ship. Victorian era men and women were fascinated by his adventurous tales and demonstrated this through starburst and crescent moon jewels.
Broadly speaking, celestial jewellery has been interpreted as the following meanings:
•Foreshadowing and fate
•Mythos and mystery
Please note boxes and chains are for display only unless otherwise stated.