France has been the cradle of style and fashion since the late Renaissance. France has birthed illustrious department shops, haute couture houses, and prestigious dressmakers and was the major style influence in Victorian Europe and America. The Belle Epoque era was one of the most culturally significant times in France. Considered to be a time of both peace and prosperity with major artistic contributions of Impressionism and Art Nouveau.
This special brooch features a horseshoe struck by a good luck nail. To many, the horseshoe is a symbol of good luck and protection. It has become a very superstitious symbol dating far back to a blacksmith and his dealings with the devil. Additionally, there is an ancient European tale in which the horseshoe’s crescent shape represents moon goddesses, who protected believers from the evil eye and provided them with good fortune.
This brooch also features a cushion-cut diamond that echoes the geometry of a Peruzzi-cut diamond in the center, with 31 rose-cut diamonds accompanying it. A lucky addition to any look or collection.
Materials ad Features: 18k gold on the back, sterling silver in front, diamonds (rose-cut, cushion-cut, and Peruzzi)
Age/Origin: French, 19th Century, c. 1860
Measurements: 2.5", 9.7 grams
Condition: Excellent condition.
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