Our distinctive hands separate us from the rest of the animal kingdom. And within the history of jewelry and art, the hand has been used symbolically since nearly the dawn of our species.
From rock art and cave painting, to ancient frescoes and jewelry, the hand remains ever present and seems to hold a particular fascination for us all.
In 9k yellow gold, this expressive hand brooch delicately grasps a flower that is set with a diamond and four tiny half seed pearls and a trailing vine. The diamond is an old European cut of .07 carats, color K-L, clarity SI2-3.
The finger sports of tiny "ring" set with a rose cut diamond. On the wrist hangs a movable curb link bracelet with dangling faux heart padlock.
A decorative ruffled cuff of gold provides a further illusion of the hand's realism. Fully hallmarked, this dates to 1900.