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Swallow Brooch

Antique and Vintage Swallow Brooches for Sale

Browse our fine collection of antique and vintage swallow brooches for sale. Our collection includes stunning gemstone and diamond brooches.

All bird brooch purchases will arrive gift wrapped with a complementary insurance valuation and will include free global shipping.

Andrew Campbell, using his 40 years’ experience within the antique industry, handpicks all vintage and antique jewellery for sale.

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Swallow Brooch Frequently Asked Questions

Swallow brooches, popular throughout history, bear rich symbolic significance. Renowned for embodying love, loyalty, and fidelity due to their monogamous nature, these migratory birds also represent hope, renewal, and good luck, given their reliable return each year. In maritime traditions, swallow brooches are linked to sailors, symbolising the promise of land and a secure homecoming.

The Victorian and Edwardian eras witnessed a surge in the popularity of swallow brooches, contributing to sentimental jewellery pieces exchanged between loved ones. Beyond their symbolic meanings, swallow brooches are valued for their aesthetic appeal, with designers crafting pieces that seamlessly blend meaningful symbolism with the graceful forms of these birds.

Some other popular symbolism theories of the swallow are below:

World War One
It is also believed that swallows lead ships home when they were coming into port, and prevented the crew from getting lost. Because of this connotation, swallows often represent faithfulness and a wish for your loved one to return home to you safely. An item with a swallow on it was often given to loved one when they set out on a journey. An item of swallow jewellery was also given to loved ones who were seeing a loved one off, to express ‘I will return’. This piece of jewellery would be thoroughly cherished while the loved one was away. It even became a sort of symbol associated with World War One as it was often gifted during this period to family members or loved ones.

In Christianity the swallow actually is a reference to Incarnation of Christ and his Resurrection. This is because it appears every spring, in a way to announce the arrival. It appears in many murals and paintings, so keep your eyes peeled whenever you visit an ornate Church or Cathedral.

A swallow brooch then will have an even more special meaning for those who follow the Christian faith. It would therefore make a gorgeous confirmation or baptism gift, or even perhaps an Easter gift.

It has been said that in the past people believed that the swallow was a representation of the soul of someone who has just died. The idea being that in death the soul passed on, and took on the form of a swallow. I personally quite like the idea that our loved ones have moved on but are enjoying freedom, and take to the skies when their soul moves on. A swallow brooch then could be a beautiful reminder of someone you have loved and lost.

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