This beautiful Sterling Silver Filigree Heart Pendant with Red Garnet accent is by Franklin Mint and was issued for February of 1983.
The heart shaped pendant harkens back to a more elegant time of life around the turn of the last century with its incredibly detailed open work, or Filigreed design. We see a flower stem and leaves rising from the point of the heart and the red garnet accent is the flower face. Twisted rope wire looks to keep the flower in place while more twisted and flat wire abound in swirls and twirls around it filling the heart. No fewer than 20 1mm sterling balls and 4 3mm sterling flowers add to the charm of this piece.
Turning the pendant over we see the design carries over to this side as well and tells us this was a quality design. We also see three markings on the back. The fineness mark of "Sterling 925", the year date "83" for 1983 and the Makers Mark "FM" for Franklin Mint. Please see the Photographs for a detailed view of the back of this pendant.
Our heart measures 1 1/8" long from the top of the stationary bail to the tip of the sterling heart, and it is 1" wide at the widest point. It's chain measures 10" in length when closed. Here I must point out that the chain has one slightly heavier link that I had never noticed till I took the Close up High Resolution photo's for this listing. High Resolution Closeup pictures show you more than the unaided eye can easily see and it is shown with the others to the right. I don't know if it was like this at manufacture, or if my mother had it fixed from a break when she owned it. In any case, you can not easily find it in the chain.
It comes to you polished, and bright as it was when new. (I know because I gave it to mom as a gift) It will and does tarnish being sterling which adds a contrasting dark color to the hard to get to points in the design. Should you desire the entire piece to blacken simply let it sit unworn in the open air for several months undisturbed.
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