A gift among lovers

Antique sentimental bangle with moonstone & pearls in gold, around 1900

During the last years of Queen Victoria's reign, jewelry set with moonstones became popular in Britain and beyond. These moonstones usually came from Ceylon (now Sri Lanka), that island just south of India that became famous for its rich gemstone deposits and, like India, was part of the great British Empire. Not only oval or round moonstone cabochons were popular, but also those that were cut into hearts - a cut that only few gemstones received at the time. This seems particularly appropriate, especially according to where the moonstone was found - for the American gemologist George Frederick Kunz noted in 1913 on the significance of the moonstone in India: "As a gift for lovers the moonstone takes a high rank, for it is believed to arouse the tender passion, and to give lovers the power to read in the future the fortune, good or ill, that is in store for them." (Kunz, The Curious Lore of Precious Stones, 1913, p. 98). The present bangle is a typical piece of jewelry of the years around 1900 and presents such a heart-shaped cut moonstone amidst natural seed pearls. Two curved elements frame the heart, and the hoop is curved into two delicate bands of gold. A romantic piece of jewelry from a time that especially appreciated the symbolism of precious stones. The hoop came to us from Stuttgart.

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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.