A charming Victorian diamond heart shaped pendant c.1870s, centred with a pear shaped old-cut diamond surrounded by seven old European cut diamonds within a border frame of old mine cut diamonds, all in silver settings backed with gold, suspended from a detachable pig-tail diamond 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 love 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. This lovely pendant measures 2cm wide making it a perfect size for everyday wear.
Old cut diamonds estimated to weigh a combined total of approximately 3cts
Silver on gold
3.3cm/ 1.3″ long inclusive of bale and 2cm/ 0.78″ wide