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C.1860 15K Smoky Quartz Intaglio Fob of Heron Devouring a Snake

C.1860 15K Smoky Quartz Intaglio Fob of Heron Devouring a Snake


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Directory: Antiques: Decorative Art: Jewelry: Pre 1900: Item # 1428965
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he heron is a majestic bird known for wisdom. In flight, herons are extremely powerful and they are known for their hunting prowess. The bird symbolizes stillness and serenity, which allows for opportunity- in this case, to deftly ensnare a long coiled snake in its beak. This intaglio carving where the motif is carved into the stone, is an ancient art. These were meant to be hung on a chain and were considered useful men's jewelry. Today, the art of cutting a seal by hand is generally lost, making these wonderful 18th and 19th century seals that much more special. Smokey quartz is a translucent, amber colored variety of quartz that was often used for carving in the 19th century. The stone is the national gem of Scotland, often called cairngorm. Today, the mines of Scotland are depleted and real cairngorm is difficult to source.