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Victorian Sapphire & Pearl Swallow Necklace


In the northern hemisphere the migration of the swallow is one of the early indication 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. Formerly a brooch, this gorgeous late Victorian swallow necklace is modeled in 15k gold with a sapphire set at the crown of its head and a fringe of seed pearls along its wings.


  • Materials

    15k gold (marked), .12ct sapphire, seed pearls, new 14k gold chain

  • Age

    c. 1880

  • Condition

    Very good - has been converted from a brooch into a necklace

  • Size

    1" length, 2 1/4" wingspan, 18" chain





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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