Large, unusual diamond pendant, Belgium circa 1800
The "Flemish heart" (or Vlaams hart) is part of an old Belgian tradition that began in the late 18th century. Made of silver and set with rose-cut diamonds, these large pendants always consist of several elements that belong together. In our Flemish Heart, too, we first actually see a large heart that seems to be twisted out of filigree tendrils. In the openwork mesh of cast silver, drop-shaped settings with diamonds are inserted at regular intervals. In the center of the heart is another drop holding a small diamond in a mirror setting typical of the time. This large heart, a real eye-catcher in itself, is topped by a tendril-shaped superstructure of rose gold. It is easy to see the strong symbolic charge of this piece of jewellery. The pendant celebrates the triumph of love in its heart shape - but a special form of love is meant: In Belgium, these hearts were given to young mothers who had just given birth. On closer inspection, small thorns emerge discreetly in the large heart motif to convey the pains of motherhood. Thus, maternal happiness and also the pain of child birth are captured in this pendant. The Flemish heart here is in first-class condition and shines in the brilliance of the silver and the beautiful diamonds - a wonderful opportunity to breathe new life into a piece of European jewelry history and to give a beloved mother a gift!
Rose-cut diamonds, also called "rose couronée", "crowned roses", can already be found in 16th century jewellery; numerous famous diamonds such as the Orloff and the Grand Mogul are designed in this rose cut. It is characterized by the fact that the upper side of the diamond is faceted in a star shape and the lower side is cut flat. This creates a very specific, soft shimmer that is very different from the sometimes garish glow of today's brilliant-cut diamonds.
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