A loyal heart

Antique medallion pendant with diamonds in gold & silver, circa 1855

The ladies (and gentlemen) of the early and mid 19th century loved talking jewelry. Designs in easily understood, symbolic shapes such as hearts, locks, bows and belts, were revered as romantic gifts. They were meant to express attachment, affection, and friendship. The piece of jewellery here combines both fashions. A golden medallion in the shape of a heart is set beneath a delicate bow. Its surface of silver is adorned with a rich setting of a total of twenty-five diamonds, with a total weight of about two carats. The heart is a faithful heart indissolubly pinned with the bow to the bosom of the wearer. The fact that all parts of it are richly set with diamonds further enhances this meaning. For the diamond as an indestructible, eternal stone is of course to be understood in the same way. On the back, a small glazed compartment allows the storage of a lock of hair. A model for the cute piece of jewellery was provided by Queen Victoria of England. She received a bracelet with a similar small heart medallion from her husband Prince Albert for the birth of their first daughter. A lock of the little princess's hair was kept in it. For each birth of another child, the Queen was given a new little heart to adore; eventually, nine locket charms would adorn the bracelet. Of course, the royal jewelry was often imitated in its time, because this romantic story was widely known.

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We want you to be 100% satisfied! That’s why we examine, describe and photograph all our jewellery with the utmost care.

If for any reason you are still not satisfied, contact us and we will find a mutual solution immediately. Regardless, you can return any item within 30 days and we will refund you the full purchase price.