A stunning Victorian diamond heart shaped pendant locket c.1870s, the domed heart fully pavé set to the front with old cut diamonds, centred with a pear shape estimated to weigh approximately 1.4cts, all in pierced out silver, the reverse with a polished dome of crystal, it opens to one side to reveal a locket compartment ready be fitted with a photo or personal memento, the heart is suspended from a detachable ribbon bow that forms the pendant loop also fully set with diamonds. This piece is in lovely condition and is particularly large for a pendant of this type measuring almost 3.5cm wide and 5.4cm tall including the bale. The Victorian’s were hugely fond of the heart motif in jewellery no doubt influenced by Queen Victoria’s fondness for the shape. One of her most precious and personal pieces was a charm bracelet with nine differently coloured enamel hearts on it, each representing one of her children. Tokens of romance and sentiment feature prominently in the jewellery of this period, in fact the heart has never been used quite so prominently as during the 19th century. Whether representing romantic love, familial love or friendship – the motif remains beloved by many and this locket pendant is a particularly beautiful representation of it.
143 x old cut diamonds estimated to weigh a combined total of approximately 12cts
Silver and gold
Heart is 1.3″ / 3.3cm wide and 1.3″ / 3.3cm tall and 0.6″ / 1.5cm deep
Pendant inclusive of ribbon bow is 2.1″ / 5.4cm tall