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Throughout the Georgian and Victorian eras, the symbols used in jewelry carried particular importance to people. In an age of heightened sentiment, sensibility, and sentimentality, where jewelry was frequently given and worn as a token of friendship, love, or mourning, each piece was often encoded with its own personal meanings and messages. Birds were particularly popular motifs; from swallows and eagles to peacocks and owls, each bird held its own particular meaning.

Swallows are birds known to mate for life, and they always return to their nests after time away. They were therefore used in many cases to signify love and constancy across both distance and time. Swallows also held a special significance for fishermen and sailors. In seafaring, seeing swallows was thought to be a clear signal that land was nearby, with legends claiming that swallows could lead ships safely home and prevent them from getting lost at sea. Swallow brooches were therefore also often given to loved ones when the giver set out on a long journey, as a charm to keep them safe until their return, and to guide the giver home.

This beautiful swallow brooch features a ruby eye that accentuates the buttery 15k gold. This would make a thoughtful gift for absolutely anyone and would be a special addition to any look or collection. 


Materials ad Features: 15k gold, ruby

Age/Origin: English, c. 1890

Measurements: 2.8 grams, 1.3" length

Condition: Excellent condition. 

Please view and inspect any photos closely. We endeavor to fully disclose all condition information clearly and concisely, however, please note that what qualifies as excellent condition for historical jewelry differs from modern and contemporary pieces; please take the age of the piece into account when examining the piece. Minor age wear is typical and to be expected for antique and vintage jewelry. Unless otherwise stated, gemstones have not been officially graded for color, clarity, or treatment by GIA; any information provided is our own educated, professional assessment.

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