|In an age of complex manners and rules, Victorians used symbolism to speak a secret language. They were highly influenced by Romanticism in their jewelry fabrication. The heart has long been recognized across cultures as being a symbol of love, remembrance, joy and compassion. During the Victorian era, the diamond came to represent rarity and power, until a new discovery in the 1870s changed the industry. Diamond deposits were discovered in South Africa, and the gemstone quickly became a public commodity over the following year. This turn-of-the-century heart pendant and brooch is made of 14kt gold and reflects the quick rise in diamond availability of the time. It has a stunning 26 starburst motif on the front set with mine cut diamonds of various size. A hidden swinging bail and pin clasp can be found on the back, allowing the piece to be worn either as a pin or a pendant (the pin finding was probably added at a later date). It's a great size, larger than usual. A lovely piece of dimensional jewelry that is becoming increasingly difficult to find. Shows wear consistent with age.
|About this item
Please note this charm is sold without a chain. If you'd like it on one of our chains, please select one in the drop down and we will assemble it for you. If you'd like to see full length shots of the various chain styles, head over here.
|Notes About This Collection
The entirety of the Heritage by Ariel Gordon Collection has been inspected by a 3rd generation, GIA-certified Estate Jewelry dealer so we feel confident about the pieces that we are passing on to you. Every piece here has survived generations and we are so excited that they are finding a new home with you. Please keep in mind that these heirlooms are sold as-is and will show wear consistent with their age. We believe that this wear isn't a defect, rather it's proof that the piece was worn with love in generations past. We will describe any notable wear or damage as accurately as possible and to the best of our ability. We are only selling pieces that we've determined are in wearable condition. That being said, please know that jewelry in general is fragile, especially antique jewelry and should be handled with extra care. We will assess all repair requests on Heritage pieces on a case by case basis.
We know that shopping online for estate pieces can be intimidating, which is why we will accept returns on our Heritage pieces (with limited terms). Due to the one-of-a kind nature of these pieces, you can return it within 5 days of receipt of the item with a $25 restocking fee.
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