Vintage Gilt Silver Butterfly Brooch Pin Blue Enamel
Offering a lovely jewel toned enamel brooch pin in gilt silver depicting a butterfly. The enamel is done in shades of royal blue, light blue and purple. This vintage beauty is a great size and weight to wear on just about anything, a coat or jacket lapel, a hat, a scarf or a shirt. It would also look lovely pinned to a strip of velvet and worn as a choker.
MATERIAL At least 900 silver with a gold wash and jewel toned enamel
SIZE Brooch measures just over 1.25 inches wide by 0.875 inch tall. Weighs 3.6 grams.
MARKS Hallmarked Silver which is a mark commonly used on Chinese export enamel pieces during the early half of the 20th century. Tests as at least 900 silver with jeweler’s acid and a test stone. Sterling silver is 925 parts silver to 75 parts other metals, this piece tests slightly below sterling grade at about 900 parts silver.
AGE Early 20th century estate jewelry
SYMBOLISM or HISTORY The Greek word for butterfly is the same as that for soul, psyche. Winged creatures are generally thought to be able to communicate with other worlds and higher powers. There is an ancient belief that human souls reincarnated into butterflies between lifetimes. Because the life cycle of a butterfly is so visible in every stage, it has become a symbol of transformation, change and metamorphosis. It is no wonder that the butterfly is recreated through jewelry over and over again.
CONDITION Gold wash shows minimal wear but heavy tarnish on the back side. Roll over safety clasp in working condition. Enamel is in excellent condition with minimal wear, one tiny spot on left wing near body. The jewel tones of the enamel really show up well in the first and last photos taken in natural light. Indoor light box photos show the colors more muted. Beautiful piece in excellent, vintage condition.
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