We still express love with roses and diamonds, but the symbology of romance has narrowed considerably since its 19th century heyday. In those days, increasing ardor was conveyed through an elaborate language of flowers and gemstones, and even by the fold of a calling card or how a lady held her fan.
Victorian honeymoon souvenirs were more romantic, too -- often including symbolic jewels like these. At times the moon and a bee appear together on one piece of jewelry, but the popularity of "scatter" pins that began around the turn of the 20th century resulted in sets that allowed for more creative arrangements. For instance, a lady wearing these brooches might nestle the bee within the crescent moon, pin it on her shoulder above one horn of the moon or place the pins on opposite lapels. Each could also be worn independently, when she was no longer a newlywed or when romance didn't suit the occasion.
It's quite rare to find a set still together, but these two pieces managed to survive the past century as a pair. That's romantic, in its own right.
From an Ohio estate which contained a great deal of Late Victorian, Edwardian and transitional jewelry, these pins probably date from the World War I era (based on the early safety clasps), but all the stones are still dazzling and it takes magnification to notice any wear to the silver metal. The crescent moon set with 6 clear pastes and 3 creamy faux pearls is a whopper -- 2.75 inches tall -- and the darling bee set with 6 clear pastes measures about 1 inch x 1 inch. Origin is most likely Czech, given the quality of the stones.
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