Little Pearl Star & Crescent Brooch
The crescent is a potent, ancient symbol usually used to represent the moon but not necessarily a particular lunar phase. When it is (used to denote a lunar phase), the waxing first quarter is referred to as "crescent" or "increscent", and the waning final quarter as "decrescent". The word, crescent, comes from the Latin crescere meaning "to grow". In alchemy, the crescent represents silver, the precious metal, on account of the moon's silvery glow, and the astrological use of the crescent can be traced back to early classical Greek horoscopes. Through Ishtar and Artemis-Diana, there is a strong and ancient link to the divine feminine (mirrored by the sun representing the male principle) and the crescent is often placed with the two points upwards on the crown of the head - like 'horns'. Viewed from the northern hemisphere, the waxing crescent points to the left, and the waning crescent to the right.
Super cute antique star and crescent brooch dating from the late Victorian period, circa 1890. It's quite tiny, only 1.5cm across, crafted in 15ct yellow gold and set with bright white seed pearls. An elegant open gallery with rope-twist detail and pierced fleur-de-lys motifs to the inner edge of the crescent.
Era: Victorian, circa 1890
Size: 1.5cm diameter
Stones: Seed pearls
Marks: None, tested as 15ct gold
Condition: Great antique condition. Brooch fittings are a later replacement (see images)
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