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Late Victorian Seed Pearl Swallow Earrings
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In the northern hemisphere, the migration of the swallow is one of the early indications of spring and sign of the fertile period to come. According to lore, swallows were a welcome sight to voyage-weary sailors who believed the little birds prevented ships from getting lost and led them into safe harbor. This pair of pearl-studded gold swallows are a symbol of abundance and homecoming.

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  • Materials

    10k gold (tests), seed pearls

  • Age

    c. 1900

  • Condition

    Very good - ear wires are newer additions

  • Size

    3/4" length measured from the top of the ear wire, 3/4" wingspan

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Victorian

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VictorianEra

18371901

please note:Terms of Sale

Antiques can be returned unworn and in original condition within 10 days of delivery for an exchange or refund minus the cost of shipping. Once a piece has been altered, including ring re-sizing, it is FINAL SALE.

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