Chinese Fingernail Guard

This brooch is in the form of a Chinese Fingernail Guard. It is made of silver git and is encrusted in precious and semi-precious cabochon stones of ruby, emerald, amethyst, jade with a blister pearl and highlights of enamelling. It…

Two Bugs

These two bugs are from the 1920s.  They are not made of precious materials, their wings are made of celluloid an early form of plastic and the legs are gilt metal.  Paste stones have been added to the head and…

Bug

This elegant Bug brooch is from the 1920s. The main body of the bug is made of porcelain and the wings are made of brass.  I would love to say the eyes are rubies but I don’t think they are….

Lizard

Many cultures see the lizard as symbolic. The Bantu believe if you dream of a lizard it is the foretelling of the birth of a male child. The Ancient Egyptians used a lizard in their hieroglyphics to depict ‘plentiful’. In…

Silver Fireworks

This brooch, which is from the 1920s, looks almost exactly the same as a 1966 Trifari brooch which was part of the Starlights Fireworks collection. 1966 Trifari advert showing the Starlights Fireworks collection So was this where the designers at…