Victorian Horned Owl Pendant Brooch with Garnet, Peridot & Pearl in 14k Gold
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A Victorian-era watch pin, with a folding pendant bail, modeled in the form of a horned owl with up-stretched wings. The owl is is beautifully realized, with fine carving to represent the fibers in each of his feathers. Between the curving wings, and betwixt his "horns" a large peridot is held in a broad smooth bezel. Small demantiod garnets are scattered, in nested bead settings, across his face and wings, and two more are set into his eyes. A large, natural, saltwater pearl hangs beneath his mouth, like an offering. This is a wonderful and unusual jewel, with a mystical presence, and it is especially fine in hand. This owl reads like a totem or familiar— for the Victorians owls symbolized wisdom, intelligence, and vigilance.
Measures approx 1 1/4"; peridot measures approx 8 x 6 mm; garnets measure approx 2 mm (2), 1.5 mm (6), and 1 mm (6); pearl measures approx 6 mm.