17th century archeological explorations, especially the 1748 rediscovery of the ancient Roman city of Pompeii and Herculaneum, which had been buried in ash by the 79 AD eruption of Mount Vesuvius. Ancient motifs that stretched back hundreds if not thousands of years became popular in architecture and fashion across the continent and beyond. The peacock design is part of this history, seen in ancient Roman wall paintings and mosaics as the sacred animal of the Goddess Juno (Greek Hera). The ancients believed that since the peacock replaced it's feathers every year that it was a perfect symbol of eternity.
In the 1870s, Victorian craftsmen captured the ancient bird in a brass button with individual rivets in each feather. This original button would have probably adorned the front of an elegant dress to add a statement and sparkle.
Our Peacock design is available as a pendant:
and as earrings
or a ring