When I found this RARE TINY St. ESPRIT ANGEL SKIN DOVE BROOCH I thought I had died and gone to Heaven! SAINT ESPRIT, is the FRENCH TERM for (HOLY SPIRIT). I am always searching for UNIQUE PIECES and I have never seen ONE like this ONE. I am sure this DOVE is RARE since it is a One of a Kind carved TREASURE purchased from ENGLAND. This a VICTORIAN PERIOD DOVE (1837-1901), a Prosperous Time for Great Britain when the Country was ruled by QUEEN VICTORIA. The Victorians ADORED NATURE and used many Themes from NATURE in their Jewelry Designs such as this DOVE. I know many of you out there LOVE BIRDS as I do so finding this OLD TREASURE was a Blessing for all of US who Love the Beauty of BIRDS and what they represent for us. The Artist who carved this DOVE did a LOVELY JOB but this DOVE is not a Finely carved Piece but it has more of a Simple Rustic Feel in the representation of the DOVE. This is a Weighty, Thick Piece of Angel Skin. The DOVE is mostly Creamy White in Color with a Band of Pale Pink running across the Top of the DOVE and WINGS. The DOVE has a Beautiful Aged Patina and I have left it as I found it other than Painting the Belly Area. The DOVE has some Detailing of CROSS HATCHING in the Wings which represent the WING FEATHERS. It appears the ARTIST carved the DOVE with One of the WINGS folded in to be Shorter than the Other Wing. The DOVE is carved with the Mouth Open and its Eyes are deeply set Rhinestones. In my experience with Jewelry I would say this DOVE is a Good Size measuring 2 hairs over 1,1/2 inches high by 1 hair short 2 inches wide. When I purchased the DOVE BROOCH it had a C-CLASP which I removed however 2 of the attaching Brooch Metal Pieces were Inside the DOVE BELLY area. I did not want to Drill into the Belly to get them out so I have Painted over them. I Glued a Sterling Silver Bail to the DOVE to hang the DOVE from the Necklace. I use Professional Jewelry Glue so the DOVE will NEVER fall off this BAIL it hangs from. I then PAINTED the Belly Area with CREAM COLORED ANTIQUE GILDERS PASTE. This Paint covers the 2 Metal Brooch Attachments and the Body of the Sterling Bail. The Cream Paint blends well with the Color of the DOVE. Painting this Belly Area gives the bottom of the DOVE a More Finished Appearance. I have used made a NECKLACE for the DOVE PENDANT with Colorful Rainbow Colored Baroque Cultured Kasumi 9-12MM Pearls with 10MM Pink Cultured Pearls. I used New Shiny Sterling Silver Wire to make the CHAIN with 2O Rainbow Colored Baroque Cultured Pearls with 17 Pink Off Round Cultured Pearls with 37 Pearls in total in the Necklace. I have alternated these Cultured Pearls placing the Pink Cultured Pearls between each of the Rainbow Cultured Pearls. The Kasumi Pearls vary with a Smooth to Wrinkly Texture that they are known for and the Pink Cultured Pearls are Smooth Texture to them. I designed the Necklace with One End near the Clasp shorter and One end Longer so that the Necklace can be wrapped 2x around the Neck. The total approximate Length of the Chain is 34,1/4 inches long. Depending on the Size of your Neck and how you adjust the Wrap the Necklace will hit around 15-17 inches when wrapped double around the Neck. The CLASP for the Necklace is a Recast Sterling Silver Victorian Shepherds Hook that hooks into a Sterling Silver Round Connector Piece. Although the Sterling Wire, Jump Rings and Clasp are not Hallmarked they Test as Sterling Silver. The Necklace can be customized to the buyers preference. I offer GENEROUS LAYAWAY TERMS to my buyers. This Necklace is a RARE VICTORIAN TREASURE, a ST. ESPRIT TREASURE! Thanks for visiting FRENCHEVANGELINEROSE on RUBY LANE!
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