An exquisite jewel encrusted pin wonderfully filled with symbolism. The Victorians not only wore jewelry as a decoration but also as an outward expression of their inner most sentimental feelings. This pin exemplifies to all the expression of the strong faith of its wearer.
This crescent and moon pin is constructed in two sections. Overall, decoratively hand etched throughout in rose gold fill over brass. The top section has five ruby paste stones with a round turquoise glass piece resting in the center capturing the middle stone. Dangling below is a crescent moon and cross. The cross is filled with six bright clear stones. The crescent has three more ruby stones with a lovely flower in yellow gold attached in the center.
In the breakdown of all of the symbolism represented on this pin, it all revolves around the cross- the meaning of faith. The use of 'rubies and diamonds' signifies passion and constancy- in that order. Turquoise was used as a protection against evil and strength. The crescent moon represents an ongoing rebirth-with its waxing and waning. And although, these stones are not 'real', the meaning is just the same.
This well thought out pin measures 1 5/8" x 1 3/8". It has an old c-clasp closure. One extra small loop on the back near the clasp may have had a small chain attached at one time. Unseen from the front.
An outstanding piece of antique Victorian jewelry. Better than expected very light wear to the plate. Some minor chips to the clear stones that I noticed using my loupe, not noticed at normal viewing.
A fantastic item to add to your antique jewelry collection.
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