Offered by Anne Besnard
Furniture, paintings and piece of Art
This gold brooch of Napoleon III period is mounted on the circumference of a row of ten amethysts of slightly trapezoidal shape, in the center is a pearl surrounded by four diamonds cut in rose and resting on an oval medallion in blood jasper set with a gold frieze. The pin is made of steel.
Full of poetry, antique jewelry is rich in symbolism and bloodstone and amethyst evoke many images of the past that often goes back to antiquity.
The heliotrope or blood jasper, is also called blood stone, it has the reputation of bringing courage and vitality to whoever wears it. It is green in color and studded with a myriad of small bright red dots. In ancient times it was believed that it could trigger storms under certain conditions, in the Middle Ages some thought that the red spots were the blood of Christ, the blood of Jesus who fell at the foot of the cross on jasper. Others imagined that it made invisible. Today it seems to cure many ills, but we prefer to keep in mind that it is the gem of heroes to whom it brings courage and bravery.
Symbol of humility and wisdom, amethyst is reputed to protect from drunkenness. This virtue is drawn from mythology: Bacchus was very insistent near the pretty nymph Amethyst, this one took fear and called upon Diane who to save her from Bacchus transformed her into crystal, this last furious that she escapes him poured his cup of wine on the crystal which took at once the purple color, suddenly sobered up it gave him the power to preserve from drunkenness those which would carry it.
Napoleon III period.
Gross weight 12 grams.
Dimensions 3,6 cm x 3 cm.
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