Idolized, symbolized and worshiped for centuries, lions are believed to embody strength, courage, nobility and leadership. It's no wonder they have become such a popular jewelry motif!
The Ancient Egyptians were one of the first to immortalize the king of the jungle in their jewelry, however, it was British illustrator and cartoonist John Tenniel who elevated the symbol of the lion -- particularly the British lion -- in the Victorian era.
Tenniel's illustrations for "The Herdsman and the Lost Bull" in 1848 thrust the iconic imagery of the British lion into the limelight and soon lions began making an appearance in nearly every artistic form available.
This expertly crafted brooch features a 3-dimensional roaring lion centerpiece with emerald green faceted glass eyes and a clear faceted glass piece in its mouth.
Roaring lions traditionally are seen as a symbol of power, prestige and courage.
Brooch fastens with a C catch and also has a hook to hold a pocket watch or anything else you may want to dangle and display.
Materials: Gold plated brass, glass
Measurements: 1 1/8" x 3/4"
Condition: Very Good
A tiny bit of the bloomed gold plating has come off.