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Austro Hungarian Pelican Piety Tourmaline Ruby Aqua Gold Vermeil Brooch Pendant
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Today we are pleased to offer a rare and amazing large antique/vintage brooch which displays incredible craftsmanship and detail. This is an Austro-Hungarian design which is based on earlier Victorian period pieces, featuring a large 3 dimensional pelican with three chicks in an elaborate woven basket. The pelican with offspring motif is a medieval symbol of self-sacrifice, “pelican in her piety”, which shows the mother pelican reviving her babies with her own blood. Expertly crafted of vermail (gold-plated silver), the pin features 7 large tourmaline stones: one blue square cut above the pelican, one blue oval shaped below the beak of the pelican, and two blue square/rectangular cut on either side of the pelican, and three green square/rectangular cut below the basket. The pin has two arched areas set in pink rubies, and four gemstone beads (aquamarine, garnet/quartz) above the basket. All stones were examined and identified by a GIA certified gemologist and are guaranteed to be as described. It is elaborately decorated throughout the design with scrolls, flowers, leaves and vines. It is clearly marked on the back “Made in Hungary” and features a safety clasp as well as a hinged loop for hanging from a necklace. The back is almost as beautiful and detailed as the front. Measures a hefty 2 1/2 x 2 3/4″. This is a lovely pin, very unusual and rare; would make a great addition to any jewelry collection. Presents very well and in very good antique condition, with very minor wear and time-earned patina. Fresh to the market from an old Rhode Island estate.
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