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Lauren Bacall, ever charming.
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Glorious garnets. Queen Victoria contrasted hers with a green gown. Our hessonite garnet festoon, pictured below, is begging to be worn to a ball. Or a cotillion. Maybe a masquerade.
It is a very rare occasion indeed, in the world of antique jewelry, that we have a photo of the original owner of a Victorian necklace. This distinction is usually limited to the realm of royalty and celebrity. But here she is, a lady in white, of certain means and discernment, wearing a fancy taille d’epargne double tassel cable necklace. Let’s imagine that she is posing with her sister on the occasion of her debut. So lovely
Art nouveau flowers for a fine summer day. At top is our glorious tulip enamel brooch set with a ribbon of diamonds. Love how the book cover echoes the form.
The Cloister and the Hearth, A Tale of the Middle Ages, by Charles Reade (1894)
Talk to the hand, or rather let the hand talk to you. These stunning Victorian circa 1880 “Day & Night” earrings are full of meaning. The literal Victorian interpretation is ‘soul mate’. The butterfly symbolizes the soul, and the hands symbolize sweet heart/loved one.
Or the ancient interpretation is more apotropaic. Figa, Mano Fico, or even fig hand are all names for these little luck charms in the shape of a clenched hand. Figa charms, which are an ancient amulet of Roman origin, bring good luck to the wearer and offer protection to ward off evil. Be safe, wear figas.
In the Victorian language of flowers this pietra dura bouquet of daffodils and forget-me-knots symbolizes “chivalrous true love.” Let’s imagine this is a gift Mr. Darcy would have given.