Connected in love

Red gold bracelet with opal cabochons and heart-shaped lock, Birmingham 1903

So-called love padlock bracelets, i.e. bracelets fitted with heart-shaped locks, enjoyed great popularity in Victorian England. As a romantic gift, such locks symbolically sealed the love of a couple for eternity and connected the lovers even over a distance. This link bracelet is made of warmly shimmering red gold, which both picks up on the pink reflections of the opals cut into cabochons and enhances their cooler, greenish-blue nuances in contrast. The heart-shaped lock is engraved and can be opened and closed with a small hook on the side. Made in Birmingham in 1903, the bracelet has lost none of its original appeal today - in fact, the rose-tinted gold also blends in with contemporary jewellery fashions. As a precious gift of love for a special person, it still reflects the wish for the bond to last forever.

Bracelets with locks are in a tradition that many young lovers maintain to this day, when you put padlocks with their names on bridges or bars. These types of padlocks are called love locks and they are symbolically meant to seal the couple's indissoluble and eternal love. The exact origin of the custom is unclear. The starting point in Europe is most likely Italy (Italian "lucchetti dell'amore"). It is believed that graduates of the San Giorgio Medical Academy in Florence are 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 by the lovers of Rome at the Milvian Bridge. The locks 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").

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