The heart has become a symbol of love in countries across the world, but its shape has not always been the one familiar to us today. The shape could vary, especially before the Victorian era when the heart we know today became the most popular (for a few examples, see the excellent book Georgian Jewelry by Ginny Redington Dawes and Olivia Collings, pgs. 77, 136-138, 141). Here we have a Georgian-era deep wine-colored garnet heart surrounded by pearls. While the original history of this precious ring is lost, pearls surrounding a heart often symbolized a lost love. Perhaps it was the death of a sweetheart, or a long separation of two lovers. We'll never know, but looking at the sublime beauty of this long-forgotten token of love, the details may have been forgotten, but the message of love lives on.
Condition: Very good antique condition. Size 6. Garnet center heart surrounded by seed pearls in a cut-down setting. Tests as 18kt gold, silver-topped, no marks. Garnet and seed pearls (pearls not tested, but assumed natural due to age and appearance).
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Item ID: 0062
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