"Statement" Brooch: Brass laurel leaves, faux pearls
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Directory: Estate Jewelry: Costume: Unsigned: Pre 1940: item # 1182966
Please refer to our stock # ba/t16 when inquiring.
223 Egremont Plain Road PMB Box 148
North Egremont, MA 01230-2284
917 881 4973
Measurement: 3" square with a 1" height from back to the top of the faux pearls - WEIGHT: 1.5 oz.
This is an intricately designed brooch with laurel leaves softly radiating from a central point, forming four swirly lobes.
Wired to the center of the brooch is a group of twelve 8 mm costume pearls - each attached separately so that there is a bit of shimmer and movement.
Great original patina.
The pin back and stem have been replaced at some time to include a safety catch. The original closure would have been an open "c" catch.
This pin should be worn on sturdy fabric (no silk, or cotton). Definitely OK on wool, corduroy, a sweater....and what a "statement."
Interesting information about laurel leaves: "Probably the most fascinating aspect of Laurel is its historical significance as an illustrious and symbolic plant. In ancient Greece Laurel was sacred to Apollo and, as such, was used to form a crown or wreath of honor for heroes, scholars, and poets (Apollo was the god of poets). Laurel became the symbol of triumph in Rome as well as in Greece. The term "laureate" derives from this tradition. In England the word laureate came to signify eminent. "Poet laureate" arose in England as a position of poet to the royal household beginning with Charles I in 1617. Some believe that "bacca-laureate", the name for the university degree of bachelor, owes its origin to this revered plant."