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Handmade Brooch of 18 karat gold and hand engraved and wonderful Chase work in the Acorns and Leafs, which is also handmade by a master Goldsmith. The work in an American Goldsmith and the Brooch is from a collector in Philadelphia. The ACORNS represent Immortality and Strength in the Victorian language of Plants, Trees and Flora.
The stone is a hand carved and polished natural ‘Bloodstone”. Behind the Brooch is a locket for an image or a lock of hair. Each of the 10 acorns is hand carved natural Ruby Gemstones, beautiful quality workmanship in the entire Brooch.
Bloodstone: the Martyr's Gem
Bloodstone, green jasper dotted with bright red spots of iron oxide, was treasured in ancient times and long served as the birthstone for March. This attractive chalcedony quartz is also known as Heliotrope because in ancient times polished stones were described as reflecting the sun: perhaps the appearance of the gem reminded the ancients of the red setting sun reflected in the ocean.
Medieval Christians often used bloodstone to carve scenes of the crucifixion and martyrs, leading it to also be dubbed martyr's stone. The legend of the origin of bloodstone says that it was first formed when some drops of Christ's blood fell and stained some jasper at the foot of the cross. A beautiful example of carved bloodstone with the seal of the German Emperor Rudolf II can be seen at the Louvre museum in Paris.
Ruby Gemstones. Red symbolizes love; it emanates warmth and a strong sense of life. Red the color of Ruby, called the King of gemstones. After all, in the fascinating realm of gemstones rubies are the generally accepted emperors
For thousands of years Ruby has been considered on of the most valuable gemstones of our Earth. It has got all it takes for a precious stone: a wonderful color, excellent hardness and an overwhelming brilliance. Besides, it is an extremely rare gemstone, especially in the finer qualities.
This Brooch is in excellent condition and has a T-bar Pin and C-Clasp; this size is 1 1/2 inches across and 1 1/4 inches tall. The value for insurance for replacement is $3600.00 as of June 2015.