A fine quality antique Victorian period 9 carat yellow gold witch's heart pin circa 1890. There is a forget-me-not in the centre with petals of sapphire stones. It is set with tiny seed pearls along the edges of varying colours and sizes. The witches heart shape is gracefully rendered in this piece. The clasp is a C-clasp in brass, consistent with the 1880's and it is in good working order. There is also a ring at the top, so it can be worn as a pendant.
The witch's heart first appeared in the 15th century. It gained popularity in Scotland in the 17th century when it became known as a Luckenbooth, named for the closed booths in Edinburgh where they were sold as tokens to ward off evil spirits and tiny witch's hearts were often pinned to a baby's blanket as protection. By the 18th century, the heart had taken on a slightly different meaning — they were given to a loved one as proof of being ‘bewitched'
In the language of Victorian flower symbols, the forget-me-not was used as a message of love and remembrance.
The dimensions of this pin are 1 inch in height and 7/8 inch across. Weight is 3.3 grams. It is unmarked, but tests as 9 carat gold or above. Condition is original and superb with all the seed pearls present, the only thing to note is a small repair to the back. This does not detract from the quality and is commensurate with the age of the piece.
A wonderful Victorian piece of fine craftsmanship and immensely collectable.
Antique Victorian 9K Sapphire Forget-me-not Witch's Heart Pin Brooch ~ c1890s