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Edwardian Large 15ct Gold Swallows Brooch

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A beautiful large 15ct gold brooch containing five swallows from large to small along the main bar. In Classical Chinese paintings the swallow represented happiness and the arrival of Spring, and was often depicted as part of the flowering peach branch. The bird is daring, risk-seeking and a symbol of change for good in the future.

Written by Olly Gerrish
Date & OriginEdwardian (1901-1914), English
Measurements3½ in / 8.8 cm in length
3 small sapphires, 2 small rubies, natural split pearls
ConditionVery good, some slight discolouration to the pearls
Hallmarks"15" for 15ct gold
ProvenanceEnglish