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Rare Georgian 15 karat gold & sterling silver rose cut diamond heart pendant. This beautiful pendant is made of 15k solid gold and 950 silver( tested).  The early piece has 29 old rose cut diamonds set into handmade silver settings.   The pendant is handmade filigree work and has handcrafted cusps of openwork silver forming three rows outlining a heart or shield shape.  This lacy framework is symmetrically set with table-cut diamonds in tiny star shaped mountings as well as larger custom fitted teardrop mountings which point downward and encircle the central hear-shaped pendant. 

The central, dangling pendant hear-shape is removable and secured by a folded-over type bail. It's face is set with a rose-cut diamond upon a very highly domed mount and surrounded by eight (8) table-cut diamonds in star-shaped settings. 

Between the upper and lower portions of the pendant is a curved horizontal band of rose gold.  Rose gold also forms a band around the central heart. 

The bail can accommodate a chain or ribbon.  I have matched up a beautiful antique sterling silver  belcher chain with the pendant.  I can also supply antique black velvet ribbon upon request. 

The Flemish Heart ( in Dutch, Viaams heart) has long been given to a mother upon giving birth or on mother's day( a holiday celebrated not only in Belgium but around Europe for centuries). 

The symbolism is often interpreted as devotion to the Virgin Mary with the central diamond-shaped smaller heart representing the heart of Mary herself. The Antwerp Diamond Museum has found the mystery of the Flemish Heart to be as compelling as the belief that it confers health and luck upon the wearer.  The pendant could be given by a husband to his wife or a child to convey everlasting love. 

The wealthier a family, the more diamonds the pendant would contain.  Most of hearts the museum studied for it's comprehensive 2010 exhibit are unmarked.   The Flemish Heart is not typically associated with religion, yet it did originate in Antwerp where the patron saint is Mary who is prayed to protect health and crop hardiness.The style was also popular in the Normandy region and the north of France in the early 19th century.  This pendant looks striking with the antique sterling silver chain or ribbon. 

 

Measurements:  2 5/8 Height with bail. 1 5/8 wide.  Chain 20 " ( can be shortened if you desire)  Black silk velvet antique ribbon 36" so a bow can be tied. Please request if you would like the ribbon. 

Weight: 20 grams 

Condition: Excellent. Note : This particular pendant is in very fine condition . no missing diamonds, no breaks in the fine metal work. 

Origin: Dutch or French 

Date: Circa 1800 

 

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