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Vintage Mermaid jewellery

Vintage Mermaid jewellery. Pendant, French, circa 1860-1870. Gold, enamel, foil set Burmese old cut rubies, pearl, mother of pearl

Vintage Mermaid jewellery. Pendant, French, circa 1860-1870. Gold, enamel, foil set Burmese old cut rubies, pearl, mother of pearl

Vintage Mermaid jewellery. Great storyteller Hans Christian Andersen romanticized mermaid pretty much, because originally it was just a creepy creature. The existence of mermaids has been known since ancient times. In Russia, mermaids were considered the drowned girls. Or the suicide girls who decided to end life because of unhappy love. It is believed that the biggest holiday for them is the night of July 7, when they come out of the water and dance. Mermaids are interested not only in mere mortals, but the powerful men. Russian Emperor Peter I carefully studied the records of Christopher Columbus, who claimed to have seen with his own eyes the three beautiful maidens with fish tails, frolicking off the coast.
Mermaid has long been an inspiration for jewelers.

16th century-style pendant, 19th century. German or Italian. Gold, enamel, jewels

16th century-style pendant, 19th century. German or Italian. Gold, enamel, jewels

Mermaid (Merrow, Morrough, Moruach, Moruadh, Maighdean-mara, Ben-Varrey, Mary Morgan) – continental and insular folkloric figure. Half-human, half-fish beings are found in the folklore of all Celtic lands, from the west of Ireland across Scotland and England to the coasts of France. These figures most often appeared as female, although male merfolk are occasionally known. They had much in common with other half-human beings such as Swan Maidens and Seal people but had special powers as well.

19th century Renaissance-style blister-pearl, pearl, ruby and emerald Merman pendant

19th century Renaissance-style blister-pearl, pearl, ruby and emerald Merman pendant

A mermaid was a kind of sea fairy, an other-world creature who swam in shallow coastal waters, often with the intention of drawing humans into the brine and to their deaths. In some tales, mermaids did so because they found human men irresistibly attractive; in these tales they are typical fairy lovers. Their sweet singing lulled people to sleep wherever water could lap over them so they drowned; these figures may be confused with the classical siren, a death-messenger who appears as a bird as well as a singing maiden.

Hattie Carnegie Enameled Mermaid Brooch ca 1960

Vintage Mermaid jewellery. Hattie Carnegie Enameled Mermaid Brooch ca 1960

The Scottish islands are rich in mermaid folklore. On the Isle of Skye fair-haired people were said to descend from mermaids; members of the Morrow, MacMorrow, MacCodrums, and MacMurray families were their living relatives. In Orkney, off the northern coast of Scotland, a mermaid was recorded to have appeared in the sea in the 1890s, her milk-white body, long arms, and unnaturally tiny head visible from shore. In the Hebrides the mermaid did not sport a magical cap as in other lands; instead she had a magical belt that had to be stolen to tame her. Her descendants were said to have the gift (or curse) of foreseeing who would die at sea. In the Shetlands many people believed themselves descended from mermaids, pointing to a small membrane between fingers and toes (actually a natural, although unusual, physiological mutation) as proof.

Mermaid made in France circa 1890 enameled gold, with a central baroque pearl, set with diamonds & cabochon ruby

Vintage Mermaid jewellery. France, circa 1890 enameled gold, with a central baroque pearl, set with diamonds & cabochon ruby

In Brittany the mermaid appeared as a siren, luring men to their deaths in treacherous waters. Their leader was the pagan princess Dahut, who floated above her submerged city of YS and sang beautifully to passing sailors. Should a man venture toward her, however, he drowned in the wild ocean waves. Dahut, whose legend describes her murderous love for men, may have been a mermaid before being depicted as a princess, or the opposite may be true. In some parts of Brittany it was said that all mermaids are daughters of Dahut.

Mermaid Pendant, gold, enamel and a baroque pearl, French, c. 1890

Vintage Mermaid jewellery. Pendant, gold, enamel and a baroque pearl, French, c. 1890

In England mermaids were associated with freshwater as well as the ocean; the LAKE MAID¬ENS did not live in running water but only in pools and other still water.

Mermaid. Jewelry box by Russian artists Elena and Mikhail Shenshin

Mermaid. Jewelry box by Russian artists Elena and Mikhail Shenshin

Vintage Mermaid jewellery

Pendant, Italy, Galleria – Tesoro dei Medici, ca 16th century

Vintage Mermaid jewellery

Reinhold Vasters, Pendant, c.1870-1895 V&A

Vintage Mermaid jewellery

Ring ‘Mermaid’. Jewelry art by contemporary artist Igor Orlov. In the center – Australian opal. Not vintage

Gold, enamel, ivory and diamond pendant. Circa 1900

Vintage Mermaid jewellery. Gold, enamel, ivory and diamond pendant. Circa 1900

Vintage Mermaid jewellery

Pendant jewel; gold; set with cabochon emeralds and rose diamonds; form of mermaid. 16 century

Vintage Mermaid jewellery

Vintage Mermaid jewellery. Plisson & Hartz, Pendant, c.1900

Not vintage, but still awesome mermaid by Turkish jeweler Sevan Bicakci:

Mermaid ear cuff

Mermaid ear cuff

Tale by the marvelous company of Kirks Folly created series of beautiful jewelry of little mermaid. Tale embodied in unusual jewelry. Alluring, beautiful, attractive look:

Little mermaid by Kirks Folly

Little mermaid by Kirks Folly

Little mermaid by Kirks Folly

Little mermaid by Kirks Folly

Little mermaid by Kirks Folly

Little mermaid by Kirks Folly

Little mermaid by Kirks Folly

Little mermaid by Kirks Folly

Little mermaid by Kirks Folly

Little mermaid by Kirks Folly

Little mermaid by Kirks Folly

Little mermaid by Kirks Folly

Little mermaid by Kirks Folly

Little mermaid by Kirks Folly

Little mermaid by Kirks Folly

Little mermaid by Kirks Folly

Little mermaid by Kirks Folly

Little mermaid by Kirks Folly

Little mermaid by Kirks Folly

Little mermaid by Kirks Folly

Little mermaid by Kirks Folly

Little mermaid by Kirks Folly

Little mermaid by Kirks Folly

Little mermaid by Kirks Folly

Set The Little Mermaid, scented candles, bracelet, Kirks Folly

Set The Little Mermaid, scented candles, bracelet, Kirks Folly

Set The Little Mermaid, scented candles, bracelet, Kirks Folly

Set The Little Mermaid, scented candles, bracelet, Kirks Folly

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The Encyclopedia of Celtic Mythology and Folklore, 2004