During the Victorian age symbolic meaning was an important part of buying and wearing jewellery and one quirky motif that shows up time and again is the lucky bean!
These adorable coffee bean earrings are cut from Scottish banded agate and are a lovely example of this trend. The translucent chalcedony stone drops are carved into a two lobe shape and banded in beautiful shades of cafe au lait colours. The hooks are later replacements and they are gold plated sterling silver.
The history behind Victorian lucky beans is fascinating: many centuries ago bean seed pods were carried over the Atlantic from the Americas and Caribbean to European shores where they were discovered and became known as sea beans. Because they had survived the long perilous journey from exotic shores and even germinated they became a symbol of longevity and fertility, becoming particularly popular with the Victorians who wore bean jewellery as good luck charms and talismans.
The earrings measure approx. 1" (3cm) from top to bottom, the coffee beans are 12x12mm and they weigh 2.7 grams in total. The hooks are stamped '925' and they are in excellent antique condition with expected light surface wear, please see photos.
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