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A charming antique Victorian brooch in well crafted flattened pillow-like round beads of natural red to salmon coral, set into a one of a kind lost-wax cast brass mount that is of an allow that mimics the brightness of gold, but isn't gold. The mount has been tested, is not gold despite the look of it being. Large and impressive brooch. NOTE: The red coral is a talisman for protection of the wearer from harm. Coral has long been thought of as a protective amulet. Going back to ancient times, it was thought to be the solidified tendrils of the blood from the severed head of Medusa, and to have the properties of protection for the wearer, particularly if the wearer is a child. Such interesting lore attends these old pieces, and the traditions cross over into modern times. So, with this combination, one can surmise that this fine jewelry piece would have been a symbolic wish for the eternal protection of the wearer, perhaps? A charming idea for a gift to someone you cherish and would, likewise, wish to guard throughout eternity, no?
Very good to excellent condition throughout. I see no chips or cracks in the carved pillow-form round coral beads or the pearls. Tested and is not karat gold, unless it's 8k or below. C. 1850-1900
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Antique Victorian Brooch with Large Red Coral Beads
San Marcos, CA
Antique French sterling silver, Georgian jewelry, sewing, Black Forest, etc 17th to 19th c. European
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