When was the last time you saw some authentic which was dated 1687? I love hearts, and hands, so I had to buy this Stuart Crystal slide. There is a bed of white hair, and on top of that are clasped hands, with a heart above the hands. Below the hands is the scribe "EH." This could either be sentimental or mourning. I have seen hands and hearts on mourning pieces, symbolizing that the two were together in death, but this could also be a love token. It's difficult for me to tell for sure if the hair is white or blond, but the hair work is lovely. This piece is crafted in a high carat gold and is in very good condition for its 300 plus years. There are some surface scratches on the top, noticeable only with a loupe, and on the back, one of the "handles" of the slide has been repaired some time ago. it is very secure though, and does not show at all when the piece is threaded with a ribbon. Without the ribbon it still is quite acceptable. Last, but not least, making this piece even more special, is the fact that it is dated--1687! It measures a little over 1/2 an inch East to West, and 5/8 of an inch North to South. If you are a serious antique jewelry collector, you know how rare and how prized these crystals are.
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