A 19th century jeweled peacock in flight, set with diamonds and rubies and holding a 3.53 carat diamond briolette loosely under its beak, looks back, towards its magnificent plumage winding itself softly around the neck.

Because of its grandeur, the peacock represents divinity, royalty, immortality, fertility, love and beauty. In Persia, it dwelt in the gardens of paradise and the court revolved around the “peacock throne”. Whilst in china it became the emblem of the Ming dynasty as it was awarded to confer official rank for meritorious service and denoted imperial favour. Christian iconography often depicted the peacock next to the Tree of Life.

In literature peacocks are often referenced not only for their beauty but for their association with a man’s pride, as in Shakespeare’s Troilus and Cressida, “Why he stalks up and down like a peacock, a stride and a stand”.

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