During the Victorian Era, there was a structure of meaning placed in flowers called ‘The Language of Flowers’. Irises were no exception, the purple iris symbolized wisdom and admiration, while the blue iris meant hope and faith. The iris itself can be traced back to Ancient Greek mythology. The goddess Iris was the personification of the rainbow and messenger of the gods. She delivered messages from the gods to the mortals below. She traveled along the arc of a rainbow as she moved between the heavens and the earth. “Iris”, in Greek, means “rainbow”. There is another translation, spelled, “eiris”, which means “messenger”.
This exceedingly lovely, flowing Art Nouveau belt buckle is all irises. Completely hand carved, it tests as 925 sterling silver and was probably made around 1900 at the height of the Art Nouveau era. Made to be worn on a fabric belt it would be gorgeous on wide gross grain or satin ribbon to help you carve a waist out of that sweater dress or long shirt. It weighs 40.5 grams and measures 56 x 62.2 x 11.7 mm. A stunning statement piece just waiting for a lovely waist to decorate!
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Silver Buckle Clasp with Frilly Iris and Leaf Motif
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