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Medieval 13th-16th century silver etched heart pendant. This amazing pendant is crafted from silver, tests as 800 European silver. Featuring a shape of a heart with beautiful etching and detail. The top of the heart has a nice simple and sturdy bail , the heart is etched with simple and interesting criss-cross designs with geometric lines throughout. The bottom of the heart has a raised continuous attractive detail . The wonderful piece has a gorgeous aged patina throughout the pendant , including the back of this artifact. The pendant has been matched up with a contemporary foxtail chain, aesthetically perfect with this ancient piece. The clasp of this lovely chain is a secure lobster claw clasp, in perfect working oder. This medieval pendant looks stunning when worn, truly a unique and beautiful gift for that special someone or a wonderful addition to any jewelry collection.
Note: The first known depiction of a heart symbol of romantic love dates back to the 1250s. The combination of the "heart shape" and its use within the "heart" metaphor developed at the end of the Middle Ages. With possible early examples or direct predecessors in the 13th to 14th century, the familiar symbol of the heart representing love developed in the 15th century, and became widely popular in the 16th century. Before the 14th century, the " heart shape" was not associated with the meaning of the "heart" metaphor. The geometric shape itself is found in much earlier sources, but in such instances does not depict a "heart" but typically foliage: in examples of fig leaves, and in medieval iconography and heraldry typically the leaves of ivy and of the water-lily.
Measurements: Pendant 37mm x 22mm Chain: 18"
Weight: 7.3 grams
Condition: Excellent Note: Can be worn with care, artifacts should be treated as a luxury item.
Origin: Ukraine Note: Found with metal detector in western Ukraine