Here is One of My Favorite Victorian Treasures, a BEAUTIFUL BETHLEHEM SOUVENIR FLAMING SACRED HEART PENDANT. These can be RARE to find and I always get very excited when I find One of these and start DREAMING of how I will use the HEART in my JEWELRY DESIGNS! This is an Artisan carved and layered MOP SACRED HEART. This is from the Victorian Period (1837-1901), when QUEEN VICTORIAN was QUEEN of Great Britain. This is a Genuine Antique Pendant and not a Reproduction. These Pieces were made to sell to the many visitors some who came on Pilgrimage to the HOLY LAND inspired by their FAITH to travel to see the Place where OUR LORD spent HIS last hours. This UNIQUE TREASURE is carved and layered with different colored Pieces of MOP to create a 3 Dimensional Puffy Sacred Heart. The MOP Colors are Earth Toned and begin with the MOP Base that is a Background of Cream Colored Heart then on Top of that Heart a Dark Brown MOP Heart then Cream MOP ending with a Simply Carved Grey Brown MOP Cross on Top. The Very Top of the Pendant where the Bail is attached is Carved to represent the Flame of the Sacred Heart. And this fascinates me that the Color of MOP piece they chose for this area actually looks like its AFLAME when you look at it from a certain angle! This Pendant is very well made and is attached not only with Glue but there is also a Tiny Metal Rod that runs completely through the Sacred Heart. At times I have had to take one of the Pendants apart to adjust it a little and they are almost impossible to take apart! So the buyer never has to worry about this Sacred Heart falling apart that's for sure its a Solid Piece of Jewelry. I wanted to make a Special Necklace for this Sacred Heart so I chose to use ANTIQUE SPARKLING FRENCH DIAMOND CUT STEEL BEADS as the Base for the Necklace. I only use the Most Perfect Faceted Steel Cut Beads to make my Wrap Necklaces because I want to have as much Sparkle in them as I can. These Tiny Steel Beads originated in ENGLAND but the Steel Bead Jewelry became all the RAGE in FRANCE in 1759. Antique Steel Cut Jewelry was a Stylish and Affordable alternative to Diamonds in the 18th Century and they were accessible to all Levels of Society. The FRENCH created a whole industry around these Beautiful Sparkling Beads by making Gorgeous Evening Bags with them, each one Shimmering like Glittering Gemstones. And even now in Contemporary Times these Tiny Beads are Very Popular and getting harder to find for making Jewelry. We are fascinated by there Industrial Nature, Romantic History and there Dark Sparkle! I made the Necklace an Extra Long 94 inches and measured out 2 inch Sections of the Steel Cut Beads and Used Beautiful Earth Toned Tiny Faceted GENUINE 2MM UMBA SAPPHIRES and 4MM ROUND SMOKY QUARTZ GEMS, 1MM - 2MM TINY CULTURED SEED PEARLS and a few 2MM SILVER PLATED TINY RHINESTONE BEADS. The Colors of the UMBA SAPPHIRES are all Warm Colors of Brown, Champagne, Wine, Green, Plum, Amber, and Gold. UMBA SAPPHIRES are unlike most known SAPPHIRES with there Earthy Colors. They come from the UMBA RIVER VALLEY of TANZANIA, AFRICA. The SAPPHIRES come from the River Deposits of the River that runs thru the Valley. I added TINY CREAM CULTURED SEED PEARLS to the Necklace to work with the Cream MOP HEART with Tiny Sparkling Rhinestone Beads in some of the UMBA SAPPHIRE Sections. I alternated the Smaller and Larger UMBA SAPPHIRE Sections between the 2 inch Sections of the Steel Cut Beads. There are 51 Sections of the UMBA SAPPHIRES in the Necklace. The Extra Long Necklace allows the wearer to wrap it around the Neck wearing it Short or Longer as shown in the Photos. When I make these Wrap Necklace I use new Strong Beading Wire that is made of Multiple Strands of Steel Beading Wire that is Coated with a Clear Protective Coat. The Ends of the Wire have 6 new Sterling Silver Wire Clamps with 6 new Sterling Silver Round Bead Covers. Then the Very End of the Beading Wire runs through a new U-Shaped Sterling Silver Protective Piece that keeps the Ends from continually rubbing in one spot and becoming worn. All these Details make for a Very Well Made Piece of Jewelry, made to Last! I added a few MOP BEADS near the Clasp and this Clasp on the Necklace is a new Sterling Silver S Clasp with a new Sterling Silver Jump Ring. A MOP BEAD and TINY STERLING SILVER FLEUR DE LIS CHARM drape from the JUMP RING CLASP PIECE. All the Connectors in the Necklace are new Oxidized Dark Sterling Silver including Extension Chain, although these Tiny Pieces of Silver, like Silver Jump Rings are not Stamped 925 they have been Tested and results are for 925 Silver. The Necklace can be customized to the buyers preference. I offer GENEROUS LAYAWAY TERMS to my buyers. This is a Religious Treasure you will LOVE to wear! Thanks for visiting FRENCHEVANGELINEROSE at RUBY LANE!
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