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Elegance in Flight: The Victorian Stork Brooch-Pendant

Enveloped in the serene beauty of a bygone era, this late Victorian brooch/pendant captures the quiet elegance of nature through the depiction of a realistically crafted gold stork in mid-flight. Holding a lustrous pearl within its beak, the stork symbolises a tranquil passage through life, embodying the virtues of calmness and inner peace. Crafted circa 1900, this exquisite piece serves not only as a testament to the whimsical motifs and refined craftsmanship of its period but also as a bearer of serenity, inviting its wearer to carry the calm and poised grace of the natural world. Its ability to be worn as both a brooch and a pendant adds a versatile charm to this heirloom, making it a timeless emblem of tranquillity and elegance.

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Elegance in Flight: The Victorian Stork Brooch-Pendant

very good condition
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Country of origin

Late-Victorian - Victorian decorative arts refers to the style of decorative arts during the Victorian era. The Victorian era is known for its eclectic revival and interpretation of historic styles and the introduction of cross-cultural influences from the middle east and Asia in furniture, fittings, and Interior decoration.

Victorian design is widely viewed as having indulged in a regrettable excess of ornament. The Arts and Crafts movement, the aesthetic movement, Anglo-Japanese style, and Art Nouveau style have their beginnings in the late Victorian era.
See also: late-Victorian
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Style specifics
The Late or Aesthetic Victorian Period - Experts divide the reign of Queen Victoria, also called The Victorian era (1837-1901) into three periods of about twenty years each; The Romantic Victorian Period (1837 - 1860), The Grand Victorian Period (1860 - 1880), and the Late or Aesthetic Victorian Period (1880 - 1901).

We consider this to be of The Late or Aesthetic Victorian Period.

Jewelry of this period is changing back from heavy to more smaller, romantic pieces with often whimsical motifs. Jewelers using diamonds and bright gemstones in elaborated and fine feminine pieces.

ca. 1900
Events & facts of this era, poetry of this era, fashion of this era.

Source of inspiration

Stork - This lucky bird is a migratory one that returns with the reawakening of Nature. That is why in Northern countries storks are supposed bringing babies. The stork in this pendant has probably just arrived. The stork is also the symbol of filial piety, since it is claimed that storks feed their parents in their old age. The elegant bird is especially in China the symbol of longevity as it reaches an amazing great age.

Material 18K
yellow gold (touchstone tested)
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Precious stones
One pearl

Pearl is the birthstone (or month stone) for June.
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Illegible remains.
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4,58 cm (1,80 inch) x 2,81 cm (1,11 inch)
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17,30 gram (11,12 dwt)

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