Acorn Jewelry and Antiques. Post 135.
Vintage and Antique jewelry is full of symbolism and beauty. Acorn jewelry appeals to me on every level.
A few days ago I received a Happy Holiday Thanksgiving card with this message: "Acorns are tiny symbols that represent wondrous grand things to come!".
Acorns link in our minds to autumn (fall) and symbolise plentiful resources, carefully collected, earned and stored. The form of an acorn is a cup, brimming over. Fullness and richness combined with organic beauty - there is something about the acorn that rises above a dried nut and puts it into a category of its own, deserving to be painted and modelled in the finest works of art.
It comes as no surprise that acorns have been represented in beautiful jewelry for literally thousands of years. Where oaks grew, we find acorn jewelry. Alexander the Great's father, Philip II of Macedonn, who died 336BC, wore a crown rich with beautiful oak leaves and acorns.
Both Georgian and Victorians adored acorns. There is an abundance of jewelry carved out of a variety of materials formed into beautiful acorns. Materials range from wood to silver and gold, with coral, garnets and every other material available. I have owned and sold acorn jewelry made of many, varied materials, ranging from jet black to bright pink and orange.
Perhaps the pair of earrings most echoing Philip's crown is this exquisite pair of rare Art Nouveau Day / Night earrings with workmanship and quality that is a hard act to follow.
Fabulous French nouveau day / night w acorn drops
More classic Victorian gold earrings from both France and England can be found by the enthusiastic searcher. Other forms of jewelry, such as bangles and brooches are rich with these luscious symbols of plenty and if we look carefully, we will often find the acorn depicted as part of a frieze or frame.
Besides acorn jewelry, acorns were popular in every other sphere of artistic creativity. Over 200 years ago, the predecessor of Royal Worcester, Flight Barr and Barr made exquisite porcelain, highly sought after today. Here is a set with an acorn and oak pattern.
Flight Barr set with acorns
The Japanese were master craftsmen also found meaning and beauty in the acorn. During the Meiji period these masters of exquisite workmanship and imagination made a smoking or tobacco pouch, known as a Shukudo, with sterling silver and mixed clasp, including a mouse on a leaf with a fat acorn. Surely, there is a message here for all of us.
#5516 Japanese shukudo - bag w rat in silver (& acorn pattern).