Art Deco Sterling Rock Quartz Crystal & Marcasite Buddha Pin
The ancient Indian figure Siddhartha Gautama, now commonly referred to as simply "Buddha," was a sage who lived around 500 BC. His influential teachings are the philosophies on which Buddhism was founded. The word Buddha means "awakened one" or "enlightened one." A universally recognized symbol, Buddha has been depicted in countless works of art and jewelry throughout the ages. Traditionally shown in a state of deep meditation, Buddha represents a harmonious balance of both wisdom and inner peace.
A wonderful and artistic Buddha pin from the Art Deco (ca1930) era! French in origin, this lovely piece is comprised of rock quartz crystal in a sterling setting. Buddha is depicted in a traditional meditative posture, seated with his hands resting in his lap and eyes half closed. The pendant has intricately hand-carved detail representing folds of fabric and delicate facial features. Surrounding the rock quartz crystal Buddha is an elaborate array of sterling "branches" that overlap at the tips, forming a beautiful Asian inspired design. Lining the branches are sparkling marcasite stones, which are bead set and bordered by fine milgrain detail. A secure bar pin and clasp rest on the back of the piece, perfect for fastening to a favorite garment. Stamped on the back is "MADE IN FRANCE." A beautifully made piece, it would make a special addition to any collection!
Measurements: The pin measures approximately 1 5/8" wide, 1 3/8" tall, and 3/8" thick.
Condition: The overall condition of the piece is excellent. Besides normal surface wear, there is no apparent damage to the sterling setting, carved rock quartz crystal, or marcasite stones, all of which are intact. The pin clasp is secure and in good working condition.