Silver Gilt And Enamel ‘David-Andersen’ Brooch From Norway

R 1,795 (ZAR - South African Rand)

Dimensions:

32mm x 19mm

Condition:

Very Good

Stock Code:

521b

Product Description:

An excellent ''David-Andersen'' vintage silver gilt and enamel butterfly brooch.

Butterfly motifs are symbolic of many things like faith, happiness, love and rebirth. Ancient Greeks believed that they represented the soul, and in China they stood for immortality. More than anything, though, they are seen to signify change - due to their transformation from caterpillar to butterfly.

Leaves and butterflies were popular designs used by David Andersen - one of Norway's leading gold and silversmiths - who founded the company "David-Andersen" in 1876. The firm is still associated with quality workmanship, innovative techniques and elegant designs. He used enamel in his silver and gold work and was rewarded with such great success that his name became nearly interchangeable with enamel jewellery. Norway grew into a centre for enamelled metal arts, and products from this Scandanavian country are available throughout the world.

This butterfly brooch is made from silver gilt (silver dipped into gold). The gilding process makes jewellery lighter and cheaper than solid gold, and diminishes the need for regular cleaning. The distinctive pattern on the wings is called guilloche, and the simple design is one of David-Andersen's most popular.

The stunning colour, beautiful craftsmanship and excellent condition of this brooch make it the perfect present for someone special! The butterfly signifies great change and would be a thoughtful and symbolic engagement gift - since marriage is one of the most life-changing events a person can experience.

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