Heart

This is a small heart shaped brooch to celebrate Valentines.  Was it given as a love token?  I don’t know.  But I like to imagine a young man presenting the brooch to his sweetheart on St Valentine’s day. It is…

Zulu Shield

This brooch is made of gold and oxidised silver and in the form of a Zulu shield.  The design was registered by M J Goldsmid of Birmingham on 4th September 1883.  The British Museum has a Zulu shield brooch in…

Bow

To celebrate Burns Night (25th January) this month’s brooch is made of Scottish hard stones and gold.  Scottish hardstone jewellery, also known as pebble jewellery, is extremely distinctive, the earthy coloured agates, granite and quartz are instantly recognisable.  The heyday…

George and the Dragon

This brooch is made of silver gilt with amethyst, peridot and garnet.  It depicts George and the Dragon. The original Saint George was a Greek soldier who fought for the Roman emperor Diocletian as a member of the Praetorian Guard. …

The Owl and the Moon

This small owl is made of carved ‘Bog Oak’ with glass eyes.  If you look closely you can see how the carver has indicated the plumage of the owl, this can’t have been easy as ‘Bog Oak’ is a particularly hard…

Lucky Cameo

This is the first cameo I ever bought. I had to fight off several dealers at an auction in Oxford who also had their beady eyes on it.  It is a large shell cameo, set in gold.  The overall brooch…