The beginnings of Mother's Day

Significant diamond pendant, Flanders 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. Likewise, in our Flemish Heart 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, in itself a real eye-catcher, is surmounted by crossed love trophies in the form of a quiver with arrows, a bow of Cupid, the god of love, and a blazing torch. These antique elements show small editions of red gold. It is not difficult to see the strong symbolic charge of this piece of jewellery. The pendant celebrates the triumph of love in its heart shape with the love trophies - but a special form of love is meant: In Belgium, these hearts were given as gifts to mothers who had just given birth. On closer inspection, small thorns appear discreetly in the large heart motif, conveying the pains of motherhood. Thus, maternal happiness and also the pains of child birth are captured in this pendant, which is thought to have been created around 1800. 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!

Diamonds in the rose cut, also called "Rose couronée", "crowned roses", are already found in jewellery of the 16th century; 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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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.