This wonderful late Georgian pin features a beautifully carved coral horse head with bit, reins and frame rendered in 14k yellow gold. The reins are looped to a peg above the gemstone equine, as if it has just been brought in to a stable. Most coral carving from this period was made in Italy and sold as souvenirs to Englishmen on the Grand Tour. If that's the case with this beautiful pin, it may have been made to appeal to English tastes. Then again, maybe not - Italy is certainly not without horses. In fact, horses have their own god in the Roman pantheon of deities: Neptune, god of the sea, is also Neputus Equester, god of horses and patron of horse racing.
14k gold (tests), coral
1" length, 5/16" at the widest point
1714 — 1837
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Coral jewelry has been worn as an amulet of protection against ailments and danger since ancient Rome.