Pendant. 1550, Spain. In the Renaissance, it was believed that the pelican sacrificed blood from her own chest to feed her infant. The gorgeous ruby set in the gold body of the pelican highlights this.
Pendant. 1800, Italy. This cross made from gold, garnet and pearls was a popular type of item for Catholic women in Italy. Crosses were of great importance for both the poor and the rich. Pendants like these would have been worn hanging from a ribbon with matching earrings.
Turban Ornament. 1775, West Bengal, India. This lavish turban ornament would have been worn by an Indian nobleman. It would have been fasted to the cloth as shown. Fashioned from gold, diamonds, rubies, emeralds, pearls and a sapphire.
Bracelet. 1870, Europe. Inspired by the Gothic style, this bracelet is fashioned into the shape of a small crown, with stones of agate, amethyst, aquamarine and ruby resting against a gold filigree mesh.