Victorian woman wearing a bird brooch on her collar
It wouldn’t be spring without birds. I love antique and vintage bird jewelry., whether it be from 300 BC or 1930 AD, carved from bone or encrusted in fine jewels. Here are “just a few” of my favorites.
An antique jewelled humming bird brooch, naturalistically modelled mid flight with out swept wings, pavé set with cushion shaped rubies and old brilliant cut diamonds,the beak and feet in yellow gold, its eye mounted with a cabochon emerald.. English, circa 1890. Provenance: The collection of Marjorie Merriweather Post.
Victorian sterling with yellow- and rose-gold gilt leaves surrounding a 3-dimensional bird, ivy, leaves and flowers on horseshoe brooch
16th century gold, ruby, emerald, pearl and enameled Love Bird pendant, c. 1550. The words upon it read, ‘Love is Comfort’.
Art Nouveau openwork gold birds-on-a-wire brooch, c.1900, the figure-of-eight frame centred by eight birds sitting on a bar, each looking in a different direction, the frame surmounted by cat’s face, embellished to each side with gold flower detail.
AN ANTIQUE OPAL AND DIAMOND SWALLOW BROOCH, circa 1870
An English heart-shaped pendant, c.1700, set with pearls, with two embroidered love birds under a faceted crystal. (Victoria & Albert Museum)
Antique Gold and Micromosaic Pendant. Centering a fancy-shaped panel topped by a pendant-loop, suspending three small circular panels, set throughout with floral multicolored micromosaic
Antique Gold, Enamel, Pearl and Diamond Pendant, by Carlo Giuliano. 1880
Art Nouveau Bird Brooch – Antique Sapphire & Mississippi Pearl Bird Brooch on Etsy
Birds with turquoise forget-me-not sprays signifying ‘true love’, English, mid 19c. British Museum.
Gold earring in the form of a dve. Hellenistic, 2nd century B.C. Greek. Metropolitan Museum (metmuseum.org)
ivory cameo, Circa 1840-1850 Dieppe, France.
micromosaic dove brooch, Italy, c. 1860
mid-19th century Italy antique coral necklace
Victorian Aesthetic silver oval etched bird in flight pin with dental and beaded edge
Victorian bird and leaves design gold filled locket with tiny seed pearls
Victorian Bird Nest Earrings England ca. 1870 Gold, turquoise, and pearl nesting bird earrings.
Victorian etched swallow design silver earrings
Victorian finely carved ivory bird with nest brooch with pendant loop
Victorian Italian Gold Micromosaic Pin. eBay
Victorian silver round pierced and etched bird design brooch with beaded edge
Victorian sterling silver hallmarked 1894 bird brooch with floral and leaf design
French Antique Ring baroque pearl stork. Etsy
17th century Spanish Colonial gold parrot pendant. Enamel work, rubies and cabochon jewels. Extremely fashionable at the time, South American parrots were traded amongst the wealthiest residents.
A PAIR OF ANTIQUE MICRO-MOSAIC EARRINGS Each of vase shape, set with a polychrome micro-mosaic decor of flowers and a central bird perched on a twig, supporting three similarly-set drops to a circular surmount, circa 1870
Chinese Ornament in the form of a bird, Tang dynasty 618-907, Jade
Classical Greek 330BC – 300BC. Gold earrings with a rosette,bird and pyramid. A five-tier rosette with a granule,the edges of the petals with fine beaded wire.
ART NOUVEAU Stork Brooch-Pendant. Gold Garnet Pearl, French c.1900.
Mughal parrot finger ring c.1600–1625 with a three-dimensional bird that can rotate and bob is set with rubies, emeralds, diamonds and a single sapphire. The Al-Sabah collection.
European Diamond Gold Sapphire Bird Brooch Circa 1910
Antique Victorian Antler Brooch Birds Carved
Rene Lalique hair comb The lacquer birds of this hair comb will flit about the head of the wearer.
Phoenician Earrings. Gold. Iron Age II-Hellenistic, 8th-3rd century BCE. Tomb 6, Tharros, Sardinia, Italy. British Museum 133317.
Victorian 14k Gold And Enamel Bird Locket Pendant Etsy
JULIEN DUVAL b.1856 Art Nouveau Bird Pendant Gold Plique-à-jour Ruby Diamond French, c.1895
Italy, 1820 – 1830. V & A
However, as much as I appreciate an esthetically beautiful piece and understand the historical craze for birds that passed through Victorian fashion, I morally draw the line at this. It’s part of fashion history, though, so I think we need to aware it, despite the “ewwwww” factor.
Victorian ring – genuine hummingbird head taxidermy with glass eyes