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Victorian Lucky Bean Earrings


Driftseeds are carried by the Gulf Stream from the tropical climes of South America and the Caribbean to the western coast of Great Britain. Known as lucky beans, Molucca beans, sea beans and Virgin Mary’s nuts (among other names), these resilient little “beans” can float along for years in rivers and oceans before landing on a near or distant shore - frequently retaining the capacity to germinate. These pretty, glossy seeds have a long history of being gathered and worn as amulets to ward off witchcraft. These Victorian lucky bean earrings are rendered in gold with decorative patterning along the fronts and plain gold backs.


  • Materials

    10k gold (tests)

  • Age

    c. 1890

  • Condition

    Very good - a few small dings to the backs of both beans

  • Size

    1 1/4" length measured from the top of the ear wire

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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.

RelatedHistory Lesson

Amulets:Charms of Power and Protection

An amulet is a personal ornament that protects the wearer from adversity, misfortune, illness, and even death.