Astronomically influenced motifs in jewelry have been popular since the Georgian era.
The revolution in science and astronomy during the 19th century, in particular, created a fashion for:
- Crescent moons
The crescent moon became an especially popular brooch motif in the late Victorian era. Crescent moon brooches were often set with diamonds but could be set with paste, garnets, or other gems.
In that era, there was an explosion of novelty and whimsical new designs. Crescent moons could also be topped with a wide variety of other motifs. The term ‘Honeymoon Brooch’ normally refers to a brooch with a crescent moon and a bee motif but it has also come to refer to any brooch with a crescent moon topped with another motif.