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. 

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Aigrette. 18th century, Turkey. Fashioned from rubies and diamonds and the feathers of an exotic bird, this aigrette was worn on top of a headdress for a great Ottoman sultan.

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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.

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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.

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Pendant. 1571, England. The Darnley or Lennox Jewel is made from rubies, emeralds and sapphires, gold and enamel. The figures of Faith, Hope, Victory and truth surround a winged heart. 

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Diadem. 200-100 B.C., Alexandria, Egypt. Made from gold this diadem was likely worn by a noblewoman of the time.

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Hair Ornament (Raggiera), 1860, Milan, Italy. Silver headdress. 45 pins rest on an interlocking pair with egg shaped end finishes. 

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Pendant. 1860, Aachen, Germany. A pendant fashioned in the shape of a three-masted ship with hanging pearls. Gold Enamel, 12 cm high.

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Tiara. 1905, Rome, Italy. Resembling the ancient myrtle wreaths worn by Emperors, this tiara made by Castellani is fashioned from gold and tiny pearls, resting on a band of fine velvet.

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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.

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