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Flamingo inspired jewellery

The famous flamingo brooch by Cartier. 1940

Flamingo inspired jewellery. The famous flamingo brooch by Cartier. 1940

This flamingo brooch by Cartier was acquired by the Duke of Windsor just before the German occupation, designed by Jeanne Toussaint. The generous plot size of the brooch makes it exceptional for this period. After the sale of the Duchess of Windsor jewelry at auction Sotheby’s in Geneva in 1987, on the market appeared many copies of this brooch made of precious stones and crystals. Bird flamingo – a symbol of the fulfillment of your desires. Flamingo – beautiful and unusual bird because of its plumage. Some species of flamingos have bright plumage, resembling flames. That’s why it is called a fiery bird. Some flamingo have gentle pink color of feathers. Therefore they are called the bird of dawn. Pink color of Flamingo for most people represents a symbol of beauty and elegance.
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Lent symbolic Jewellery

A chick breaking free from the eggshell.Rare collectible brooch of 1960s, England

Lent symbolic Jewellery. A chick breaking free from the eggshell. Rare collectible brooch of 1960s, England

Lent symbolic Jewellery. For thousands of years, the egg has been a symbol of new life. At one time, it was a custom in Europe to do without eggs during Lent. Eggs then became a special treat on Easter day and were sometimes given as gifts. The new life is also a symbol of God’s power. A chick breaking free from the eggshell is one of the wonders of God’s power. A chick breaking free from the eggshell is one of the wonders of God’s creation! The shell was also thought as the rock tomb from which Jesus emerged. Pretty decorated eggs at Easter have been popular for a long time. The Dutch color eggs are thought to be the symbols of better times to come.
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Dragonfly jewellery symbolism

Dragonfly jewellery symbolism. Marion Cotillard For the December issue of the British edition of the magazine Harper's Bazaar. Photo September 2012. Photographer Ben Hassett

Dragonfly jewellery symbolism. Marion Cotillard For the December issue of the British edition of the magazine Harper’s Bazaar. Photo September 2012. Photographer Ben Hassett

The symbolism of a dragonfly is quite contradictory. In the East, it is a symbol of the coming summer. The Japanese consider dragonflies a symbol of military valor, they were sacrificed to the gods, asking for victory. According to legend, the island of Honshu was called the Island of dragonfly. A dragonfly Tunb, which symbolizes Japan’s courage, brings happiness and good fortune. For the American Indians dragonfly embodies whirlwind speed and activity. In the West, dragonfly is often associated with witches (in the English language, the word sounds like a dragonfly, literally – “the Dragon Fly”). Also, sometimes it can share the symbolism of the butterfly, which embodies immortality and regeneration.
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Ship’s Wheel and Anchor symbolism

Ship's wheel brooch

Gorgeous brooch. Ship’s Wheel and Anchor symbolism

Ship’s Wheel and Anchor symbolism
The value of the wheel jewellery is in its symbolism. Thus, choosing wheel jewellery a person chooses his own path in life. So, he is responsible for his actions and is ready for any twist of fate. Another value of the wheel jewellery, less common – a love of adventure, traveling and a tendency to change places. In fact, the steering wheel is a solar sign. But it turned out that the steering wheel – one of the ancient emblems, occurring in the early Middle Ages. A wheel was portrayed with handles (two or more), and meant emblem of leadership and management. This logo, undoubtedly, came from the sun wheel as a symbol of divine power (the handle – the remains, vestiges of light) and only later began to correspond with the ship’s wheel.
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Turtle in jewellery

Bracelet with green enamel Turtles in vintage style. Handmade. Made of metal alloy coated in gold antique, with Swarovski crystals and rock crystal

Turtle in jewellery. Bracelet with green enamel Turtles in vintage style. Handmade. Made of metal alloy coated in gold antique, with Swarovski crystals and rock crystal

Amulets in the form of a turtle are found in ancient Egypt. In China, sacred turtle has long been a mascot of wisdom and long life, carved figures of turtles on roofs of wooden houses served as a protection from fire. In India, the giant wise turtle Kurma was one of the incarnations of Lord Vishnu, and its feet, according to ancient myths, served as a support to space. In Mongolian myths, golden turtle holds the central mountain of the universe, and in many mythologies, it was seen as a symbol of material existence, as a mediator between heaven and earth. In the ancient East, it was considered (these beliefs took over Europe) that tortoise shell protects the home from evil spells and the Grail, the cup from it will protect against poison, and tortoiseshell bracelets – from any damage. In the ancient world and ancient Mexico, tortoise, because of the large number of laid eggs was recognized a mascot of fertility.
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Farm bird Apotropaic magic

18 Karat Gold, Platinum, Diamond and Ruby Rooster Brooch, Oscar Heyman & Brothers

Farm bird Apotropaic magic. 18 Karat Gold, Platinum, Diamond and Ruby Rooster Brooch, Oscar Heyman & Brothers

Farm bird Apotropaic magic.
Many birds were seen as being endowed with apotropaic magic. Ancient Greeks and Romans believed that the image of a chicken – amulet against the evil eye, as well as a chicken egg. Egg amulet is known in almost all cultures, stone eggs are found even in before-Neolithic graves. In Europe, as a talisman and amulet since ancient times were used the so-called bone desires – V-shaped chicken or turkey breast bone, both present in the form of pendants, and brooches, trinkets of gold and silver. A variety of necklaces, charms with golden ducks found in ancient Egypt, and later – in the Hellenistic and Eastern world. A pair of mandarin ducks “Yuan-yang” symbolized and also served as a talisman of conjugal life in China. Fluffy tail of the wild duck was attached to the earrings of Tajiks and Uzbeks, in addition, in Central Asia, Apotropaic magic had feathers and claws of birds, embodying fertility: dove, pheasant, rooster.
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Protective child amulets

Protective child amulets

Protective child amulets

To a special group belong amulets and talismans for children, especially vulnerable and desirable to the evil forces. Among special children apotropaic amulets almost all over the world are rattles or other noisy and ringing items driving out evil spirits. The Indians of the Americas used in this role amulets – rattles – dried gourd with dry seeds in them. in Russia – dried poppy heads and woven from birch bark toys, emitting a rustling sound. The descendants of the ancient tintinnabutum – equipped with bells suspension, depicting men with a huge phallus, suspended on a cradle throughout Europe. In Central Asia, the bells were worn on a chain around kids’ neck; silver, bronze, copper suspension with bells became so familiar to all of us modern plastic rattle in the form of beads for strollers. Many apotropes were put to the newborn at the bottom of the crib or bassinet. In Europe over the cradle hung bells, horns and Fig signs (Italy, Spain), shells, cowries, and under the pillow put mole foot or claw of big animal, the rooster spurs, horns of black kid, scarab, brush (counting its “hair” distracted the witches from the child), a sharp object – a knife, scissors (the evil forces stumbled on them); amulet made of wax Easter candles.
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