Since the dawn of humankind, people have been using their hands to express themselves and to convey emotions.
From shaking hands in friendship to holding hands in affection, each little gesture takes on a symbolic meaning that often spans seas, cultures and time.
It's no surprise that these expressive motifs have been captured and celebrated in antique jewellery, particularly in the sentimental Georgian and Victorian eras.
This beautiful brooch of a hand grasping a rod symbolizes the wearer is seeking guidance or comfort in a time of need.
It is delicately hand carved from walrus tusk ivory and accented with a 9k gold bracelet and rod.
Since this piece was created before 1972, it is exempt from the Marine Mammal Protection Act and is legal to be purchased and sold.
Materials: Walrus tusk ivory, 9k gold
Measurements: 1" x 1/4"
Condition: Very Good
There is some lead solder visible on the side of the rod possibly from an old repair. It is not visible when directly looking at the brooch.
Cleaning and Care
Gently wipe ivory with a clean, damp soft cloth or microfiber towel. Do not immerse in water. Dry thoroughly. Polish gold gently with a jewelry cloth if needed.