The horseshoe has long been a symbol of good luck and was often featured as a design motif in Victorian jewelry because of this. This particular piece has a petite overall silhouette but a pleasantly chunky and solid feeling shape which enhances its charming realism. Glimmering natural diamonds and blue topaz dot the setting in contrasting color that sets off the bright 14k gold setting. This piece is still fresh looking, with some wear that is noticeable on inspection.The setting has surface scratching and wear that is noticeable on inspection but the gold still has a golden and bright patina. The diamonds and topaz are all in place and look original with some surface wear that is noticeable under a loupe however the diamonds have a mine cut. The pinback may have been added during the Victorian era and it might not be original however it. There are no other irregularities to the setting or signs of solder or repair and the piece has a firm shape. Secure, it is a Victorian pinback however it may not be original. Period Late Victorian / Edwardian. Material 14k gold, natural diamond and blue topaz. Figural jewelry includes any piece that has been shaped into an animal, person, object, or detailed day in the life scene. Antique and vintage figural jewelry is often quite charming and collectible for the realistic or cutesy details. Specific objects or animals became popular and prolific in jewelry during certain time periods, Scotty dogs during the 1940s for example, or swallow birds during the Victorian era.
Figural jewelry is special for its detail and realism but also tells the story of the decade they were made in. Symbolism in antique and vintage jewelry is common, yet it can be hard to spot if you dont know what youre looking for.Often, specific natural gemstones, flowers, birds, and motifs like stars and anchors were imbued with meanings that have fallen out of present-day societys collective memory. To appreciate the power of symbols in antique jewelry is to imagine what it would have been like to wear the piece and step back into history. _gsrx_vers_1233 GS 8.1.1 (1233). The item "Antique Victorian Edwardian 14k Gold Diamond Blue Topaz Horseshoe Brooch Pin" is in sale since Thursday, November 19, 2020. This item is in the category "Jewelry & Watches\Vintage & Antique Jewelry\Fine\Victorian, Edwardian 1837-1910\Pins, Brooches". The seller is "oxfordjewel" and is located in Altadena, California. This item can be shipped to United States.