Vintage Bethlehem Hand Carved Mother of Pearl Flower Brooch/Pin. This beautiful flower was delicately carved, a true work of art by a centuries old skill handed down from generation to generation. It has a c clasp in the back and is marked "Bethlehem". These were brought back as souvenirs on pilgrimages to the Middle East. Measuring 2" in diameter. Excellent Condition!
Mother of Pearl carvings started in Bethlehem about 700 years ago. Brought to the Holy Land by skilled Monks who taught the art to the local resident. Long known as the "Queen of Gems". Pearls possess a history and allure. Decorative Mother of Pearl was used far back as 4200 B.C. Mother of Pearl represents fertility and rebirth.
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