Thursday, December 3, 2009

The Golden Bough

From the Bodleian library shop in Oxford, England: a wonderful mistletoe brooch, with freshwater pearls replicating the plant's white berries.

This is contemporary jewelry inspired by a vintage source . . . an even more wonderful illustration from a 16th-century Tudor pattern book.

Mistletoe lore is as dense as the tangles of branches the plant puts forth. Since pagan times, kissing underneath was said to signal peace and goodwill between strangers, and to mend the hearts of quarreling lovers.

The best place to wear a mistletoe brooch? Everywhere! Christmas is only 22 days away . . .


  1. This is a very cool piece. I love the eneven look of freshwater pearls. We just bought a beautiful lot of vintage Mid-Century jewelry by William Ruser. He was the master of freshwater pearl jewelry. Hopefully we will be able to put it up on by the end of next week.

  2. What a beautiful, nature inspired brooch - mistletoe is the stuff of legend, and curiously romantic for Christmas!