Fifteen carat gold Victorian Swallow and Lily Of The Valley Brooch. Symbolism was very common in Victorian Jewellery and swallows were a recurring theme. Legend says swallows led ships home when they were getting closer to land and prevented them from being lost. Swallow Jewellery was often given to those going away in the hope it would bring them safely home, there are also connotations of faithfulness and loyalty as swallows mate for life. The lily of the valley’s meanings are simple and rich with the most basic of life’s desires, sweetness and a return to happiness. The message and beauty of the flower popularized it as an early motif for Jewellery. This brooch is a fabulous example of its type and is in fantastic condition. A real beauty.