ANTIQUE VICTORIAN STAR JEWELLERY
Star shaped brooches spoke to the Victorians of Turkey and the Ottoman Empire, with its Star and Crescent motif. They were much taken with the romance of the near-East. Often star or star and crescent brooches were associated with honeymooners.
The Turquoise stone is so named from the French, "pierre turquoise”, meaning Turkish stone. Whilst mined in Central Asia, the stones came to Europe along the trade routes through Turkey or purchased in Turkish bazaars. Turkish soldiers wore amulets of turquoise to protect themselves from injury. The stone was also imbued with the power to build friendships. A proverb of the time says “Given by a loving hand it brings happiness and good fortune”.