A tribute to French symbolic jewelry: a phoenix arising from the ashes

A tribute to French symbolic jewelry
A phoenix arising from the ashes

A tribute to French symbolic jewelry, elegant Victorian phoenix or griffin brooch with floral ornaments and rose cut diamonds from the antique jewelry collection of Adin Antique Jewelry, Antwerp, Belgium

(Click the picture to see this antique French brooch)

One of the reasons French antique jewelry is world-wide appreciated is the use of symbolism, giving the jewelry a deeper meaning. A nice example we show here. What we first thought to be a griffin turns out to be a phoenix, just based on the other symbol attributes in the brooch.

We recognize a circle (set with rose cut diamonds) with flames representing the Sun or Fire, symbols of creation and destruction. The phoenix has long been a symbol of rebirth, immortality, and renewal. The floral pattern breaking through the circle depicts the nest of aromatic branches and incense which the phoenix uses to set set himself on fire. From the ashes of that fire arises a new phoenix ...

This brooch could symbolize a transition from an old to a new era in one's life.

Antiqualy yours,

The Adin team

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