14K Gold Saint Esprit Dove Pendant with Garnet Drop
This charming vintage dove pendant is a 14 karat yellow gold cast piece with beautiful detailed open work, both in the feathers of the wings. A soft milky white baroque pearl is prong set in the middle of the body of the dove, delineating the shape of the dove. The pearl measures approximately 6 x 8 mm. The bale is set with four 1 mm single cut diamonds that add vibrancy around the bird and on the pendant. Hanging from the dove's mouth, the pear shaped smoky red garnet measures 4 x 6 mm. Saint-Esprit pendants symbolize the holy spirit and date back to the mid 1700s in France.
Saint Esprit means "Holy Spirit" in French. This piece dates the the early 1990s and is a gorgeous piece that carries with it a long history of faith, both in the Christian and Protestant churches. In Victorian symbolism, the dove was also the symbol of true and eternal love since these birds mate with their partner for life. The pearl was often a representation tears- adding to the complex language of symbols during this era, making this the most considered and craftily created mourning dove. The bird in flight was also a popular charm well into the turn of the century. This delicate bird charm is a wonderful conversation piece, a lovely vintage item for any collection.