Edwardian rose gold bracelet with heart clasp, Birmingham, dated 1902
Throughout the 19th and early 20th centuries, romantic jewellery was extremely popular. They were given as sentimental pledges and were intended to make the feeling of love last, even if the lovers were ever to be separated. Particularly popular motifs included hearts, love knots and also padlocks. This gold bracelet dated 1902 shows such a heart-shaped padlock, illustrating a tradition that many young lovers still practice today when they attach padlocks with their names to bridges or bars. These types of locks are called love locks, and they are meant to symbolically seal the couple's indissoluble and eternal love. The exact origin of this custom is unclear. The starting point in Europe is most likely Italy. It is believed that graduates of the Academy of San Giorgio in Florence were the originators of this custom. With the end of their training period, the graduates fastened the padlocks of their lockers to a grate of the Ponte Vecchio. This was probably adopted from the lovers of Rome at the Milvian Bridge. The locks (Italian "lucchetti dell'amore") often contain an inscription or engraving of the lovers' first names or initials, sometimes with dates. After the lock is fastened, the key is usually thrown into the bridged body of water. At the Milvian Bridge this is done with the saying "per sempre" ("forever"). A padlock in the shape of a heart is also shown on our gold bracelet from Edwardian England. The shackle can be folded out of the lock and the bracelet can then be put on comfortably. The links in turn are formed like love knots and continue the romantic motif. According to the hallmarks, the bracelet was made in 1902 in the goldsmith's shop of Henry Williamson, which was located in Spencer Street in Birmingham. The jewel came to us from London and is still a decorative gift of love today!
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