Victorian pearl and diamond caduceus brooch, circa 1890.




Victorian pearl and diamond caduceus brooch, circa 1890.

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Victorian pearl and diamond caduceus brooch. Set to top with a natural pearl in a closed back setting, further set with forty four round rose cut diamonds in open back grain settings with an approximate combined weight of 1.50 carats, further decorated with two round cabochon cut natural unenhanced rubies in closed back grain settings with an approximate combined weight of 0.02 carats, all to a serpent design featuring two snakes entwined around a central rod, engraved details and open backholing, fitted to reverse with a secure hinge pin and C-clasp. Tested gold and silver, circa 1890.

A “caduceus” is the ancient Greek name for a herald’s staff, and was the attribute of the messenger god Hermes. It was originally a staff with two serpents, but was later adapted to include a pair of wings at the uppermost point. In Roman times it signified a truce or neutrality. Today it is a symbol of the medical profession.


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