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Dona Maria de la Concepcion butterfly

Dona Maria de la Concepcion butterfly

Dona Maria de la Concepcion butterfly brooch, given to her by the XVIII Duke de Plasencia José María Martorell y Téllez-Girón as a symbol of their oath and commitment to one another. Sapphires, diamonds, rubies, opals, emeralds

The XVIII Duke de Plasencia and Dona Maria de la Concepcion lived during the very turbulent and politically unstable years of the Spanish Civil War. They first met in Madrid, by chance on the terrace of the Hotel Universal in 1931, where it was love at first sight. Yet the political situation separated them; the Duke was forced to take refuge in the Romanian embassy while Dona Maria de la Concepcion left for San Sebastian in the north of Spain. Only twenty years later did they finally marry, in the famous Chapel of Santiago de Compostela. This brooch was given by the Duke to Dona Maria de la Concepcion during one of their rare encounters in Biarritz, during their time apart. A symbolic gift, the butterfly’s wings represented freedom from the difficult political situation and was a symbol of their oath and commitment to one another.

Some more butterfly inspired brooches:

Dona Maria de la Concepcion butterfly. Butterfly girl. Necklace with colored stones and diamonds

Butterfly girl. Necklace with colored stones and diamonds. “Diamonds are forever” Moscow boutique

Many ancient civilizations believed that butterflies are a symbol of the human soul. The Greeks believed that with the advent of the newly born, human soul is born out of the cocoon of adult butterfly. In ancient times, Europeans believed that after death the human soul took the form of butterflies and moths, so, they were treated with great respect and even fear. Northern Europeans believed that dreams are the result of butterfly-soul wandering through other worlds.

Dona Maria de la Concepcion butterfly

Brooch butterfly – gold, diamonds and colored stones – emerald, ruby, sapphire and colorless and colored diamonds

In southern Germany, believed that the dead are reborn like children, in the form of flying butterflies. The Irish believe that the butterfly – the souls of the dead in anticipation of the passage through purgatory.

Dona Maria de la Concepcion butterfly

Butterfly vintage brooches, costume jewellery

In the Japanese and Chinese cultures, the butterfly symbolized the joy and happiness. And in Japan and China, butterflies were mentioned in the manuscripts, portrayed in paintings and drawings for centuries.

Dona Maria de la Concepcion butterfly

Joan Rivers vintage Butterfly brooch

In some tribes in Mexico butterfly is a symbol of fertility of the land and the process of transformation from a caterpillar into a chrysalis, the butterfly is a symbol of rebirth, recovery, happiness and joy.

Dona Maria de la Concepcion butterfly. Victorian Butterfly Brooch

Victorian Butterfly Brooch

For the Indians Mayan butterfly represented the spirits of the dead soldiers, disguised as butterflies that go down to the ground. In the dying in the Solomon Islands have a choice about who he will be after death and dying often chooses a butterfly.

Brooch by American designer Nolan Miller 1970s, made of alloy jewelry, gold-plated, Swarovski crystals

Brooch by American designer Nolan Miller 1970s, made of alloy jewelry, gold-plated, Swarovski crystals

When the butterfly dies, it means that some soul is dying. The Aztecs believed that the happy dead from the other world, in the form of beautiful butterflies visit their relatives in order to convince them that they are happy in the world of dead.

Butterfly ring with diamonds, tsavorites, rubies, sapphires and crystal set in 18k yellow gold. Farah Khan Ali

Butterfly ring with diamonds, tsavorites, rubies, sapphires and crystal set in 18k yellow gold. Farah Khan Ali

Vintage brooch Butterfly from the company Danecraft

Vintage brooch Butterfly from the company Danecraft

Vintage brooch Mimi Di Niscemi

Vintage brooch Mimi Di Niscemi

Brooch in white gold with diamonds, sapphires and aquamarines, rubles, Van Cleef & Arpels

Brooch in white gold with diamonds, sapphires and aquamarines, rubles, Van Cleef & Arpels

Antique Diamond Butterfly Brooch

Antique Diamond Butterfly Brooch

Schlumberger for Jean Schlumberger, Tiffany & Co. Butterfly brooch

Schlumberger for Jean Schlumberger, Tiffany & Co. Butterfly brooch. Pear-shaped amethyst and oval-cut pink tourmaline wings, mounted in 18k gold and platinum

Victorian Butterfly brooch, diamonds, emeralds, Rubies

Victorian Butterfly brooch, diamonds, emeralds, Rubies

Beautiful Lace butterfly brooch and virtuoso engraving is a distinctive Buccellati style

Beautiful Lace butterfly brooch and virtuoso engraving is a distinctive Buccellati style

Beautiful butterfly brooch by Spanish brand Clara Bijoux

Beautiful butterfly brooch by Spanish brand Clara Bijoux

Brooch of gold and diamonds rauchtopaz

Brooch of gold and diamonds rauchtopaz

Butterfly brooch of gold with enamel and diamonds jewelry by Catherine Kostrigina

Butterfly brooch of gold with enamel and diamonds jewelry by Catherine Kostrigina

Circa 1900. Brooch by Wilhelm Lucas von Cranach, entitled ‘Tintenfisch und Schmetterling’ (Octopus and Butterfly)

Circa 1900. Brooch by Wilhelm Lucas von Cranach, entitled ‘Tintenfisch und Schmetterling’ (Octopus and Butterfly)

Rene Lalique butterfly

Rene Lalique butterfly

Brooch ‘Butterfly’ with colored stones, diamonds, enamel yellow gold

Brooch ‘Butterfly’ with colored stones, diamonds, enamel yellow gold

Brooch with rubies, blue and colored sapphires, diamonds, hot enamel in yellow gold

Brooch with rubies, blue and colored sapphires, diamonds, hot enamel in yellow gold

Italian Capriccio jewelry collection

Italian Capriccio jewelry collection

Elegant Butterfly Brooch. JAR. 1987

Elegant Butterfly Brooch. JAR. 1987

Elegant Butterfly Brooch. JAR. 1987. The wings are covered with sapphires and diamonds, the center of the body is decorated with a large oval diamond. Luxury jewelry company JAR naturalistic style was widely copied in the 1990s.

Exquisite brooch with emeralds, sapphires, rubies and diamonds in the shape of a butterfly sitting on a branch of wild rose. 1880. France

Exquisite brooch with emeralds, sapphires, rubies and diamonds in the shape of a butterfly sitting on a branch of wild rose. 1880. France

Exquisite brooch with emeralds, sapphires, rubies and diamonds in the shape of a butterfly sitting on a branch of wild rose. 1880. France. Excellent sample of natural motifs in jewellery. Brooch is divided into two: the branch brooch and butterfly brooch

Sources:

Jewellery Art (Russian) Illustrated guide to jewelry. Publisher ART SPRING, published in Russian, 2005
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