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Art Nouveau Dogwood Brooch

Art Nouveau dogwood and moon brooch. (J9075)

Dogwood Honeymoon!

The Victorians loved jewels with hidden meanings.  One form were rebus jewels in which elements of the jewel represented a word or phrase.  For example small brooches with delicate enamel flowers set in a crescent moon, like this one, could be interpreted as "honeymoon."

The small dogwood blossoms beautifully crafted in pink and white enamel also held symbolic meaning.  Among Victorians dogwood blossoms were a symbol of persistence as well as an indication of affection. Perhaps this brooch was a gift from a husband to his wife on their wedding night or at the time of their betrothal.   Created by Krementz & Company in 14kt gold, circa 1900.


Art Nouveau dogwood and moon brooch. (J9075)

The brooch is beautifully crafted and secured with a sturdy pin stem and clasp.  Note the sturdy gold framework that supports the enamel blossoms.  Krementz was known both for the beauty of their jewels and the care with which they were crafted.


Close-up of Krementz & Company maker's mark. (J9075)

One side of the clasp displays the maker's mark of Krementz & Company - a stylized collar button somewhat resembling a nose and moustache.  Beneath the maker's mark the clasp is stamped "14K" for the purity of the gold.  Krementz & Company was a maker of fine brooches, cufflinks and other jewels from the late 1860s through the 20th century.

Name:  Dogwood Honeymoon

Cost:  Although this antique dogwood brooch has sold,  you will find many more elegant jewels in the Antique Jewelry Gallery.

Measurements:  This Art Nouveau brooch is crafted in 14kt yellow gold and weighs 2.4 grams.   It measures just under 1" by 3/4".


Here are a few more elegant jewels from the past ...

Bippart, Griscom Art Nouveau amethyst and pearl brooch. (J9071)Hans Brassler amethyst and roses brooch. (J9256)Egyptian Revival winged scarab brooch crafted in 14kt gold. (J3573)



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