“Ex Voto” is the shortened version of the Latin, “ex voto suscepto” which means, “from the vow made”. It’s a votive offering placed in a Catholic church, that houses a thanksgiving prayer for a miracle that has been granted.
This is a silver French flaming heart ex-voto, a reliquary meant to hold a note with a written prayer. The front is engraved with the letter, “M” layered with a cross. This letter stands for an abbreviation for the Latin phrase, “Auspice Maria”, meaning, “Under the Protection of Mary”. A heart like this, with flames and the initials of Mary, is known in France as, “Coeur de Marie”, or “Mary’s Heart”. This piece was handcrafted in France, around 1880. It opens to reveal a space for keepsakes, a trinket, a poem, or a photograph. This pendant weighs 88.7 grams and measures 153 x 78 x 40 mm. It bears no marks but has been acid tested.
The idea of giving after receiving isn’t just a Catholic tradition, it dates back to Ancient Roman times when people would leave gifts on the walls by statues of gods and goddesses. This sacred heart pendant would be a fantastic gift for the jewelry lover in your life!
We offer a 3 or 4 payment layaway on most items purchased for full retail price, please inquire if you are interested in setting up a layaway. Items ship when payment is complete and items purchased or payments made on layaway are eligible for store credit only.
Please note that our photographs are part of our description, please look carefully, we do not digitally alter our items. We always want you to be happy with every aspect of your purchase, and If you are not completely satisfied for any reason simply let us know and we'll work together to get the item returned for a full refund. I guarantee that my pictures and descriptions are as accurate as possible. My goal is to exceed your best expectations!
3 other shoppers have this item in their Cart or Wish List
A curated collection of fine Antique and Vintage jewels. 'Finding old jewelry new and loving homes.'
Hi! I’m currently in Europe stocking up for Spring! Please excuse any delays in getting back to you!