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Victorian Heart-Shaped Jewelry

By Carolyn Sunday

Heart shaped jewelry was a popular motif and symbol of love
during the Victorian era.  Below are exquisite examples of
beautiful heart shaped antique jewelry.
 


 


[Photo courtesy of  Sunday and Sunday Fine Antique Jewelry]
 

 

A. A. Green & Co. Victorian gold-filled bangle bracelet with repoussé (die struck) hearts and flowers, tiny rosebuds rising up into centers of each heart. Plain highly polished finish on back. Measures 7/16" wide x 7" internal circumference. Maker marked "A. A. G. & Co. 1/10" (1/10th gold-filled). Circa 1910.

About the maker: *A. A. Green & Company - Providence, Rhode Island. Established about 1892 by August A. Green; became A. A. Green Company before 1904; and A.A. Green & Company before 1922.  Manufacturers of chains, lockets, and bracelets. The last listing found was in 1931.
 


[Photo courtesy of  Sunday and Sunday Fine Antique Jewelry]
 

DETAIL: A. A. Green & Co. Victorian gold-filled bangle bracelet.
 

 


[Photo courtesy of  Sunday and Sunday Fine Antique Jewelry]
 

DETAIL: A. A. Green & Co. Victorian gold-filled bangle bracelet.
 


 


[Photo courtesy of  Sunday and Sunday Fine Antique Jewelry]
 

 

10K rose gold Victorian cigar band ring. Engraved hearts and ivy each inlayed with anodized black finish. Measures 1/4" wide, hand engraved Gothic initials H.A.V. inside band. Circa 1890.
 


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DETAIL: Victorian cigar band ring.


 


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Victorian winged heart pin, rose gold-filled. Hand engraved with intricate leaves and flowers. Measures 1-3/4" x 5/8". The winged heart is a popular motif in Victorian jewelry. Circa 1900.
 


 


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Victorian silver heart-shaped genuine amethyst and seed pearl pin.  Genuine amethysts measure 10mm x 10mm x 6mm each (3 carats each, 6 carats total weight. Measures 1" x 5/8". Circa 1890.

About Amethyst: *(Greek for "not drunken") is a form of the mineral quartz, and is a relatively common gemstone. Amethyst is usually purple, but can range in color from pale lavender to a very deep, reddish purple to a milky color to green. Deeper-colored amethysts are more highly valued. The ancient Greeks believed that amethyst made one immune to the effects of alcohol.
 


 


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Victorian 10K two-tone pink/yellow gold puffed heart charm bracelet.  Bracelet is engraved on one side, plain on reverse, with swivel hook attachment.  Heart charm is engraved on both sides, one side is monogrammed CFP.  Measures 8"x 3/8", heart charm measures 9/16" x 5/8".  Circa 1890.
 

 


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Scarce and highly collectible Victorian Mizpah pin. English 9 carat gold pin with double hearts and trail of ivy. Hand engraved “The Lord watch between me and thee when we are absent from one another”.  Measures 1-1/8” x ¾”.  Circa 1890.  A popular motif and symbol of Victorian love.
 

 

 

Victorian gold-filled heart locket. Measures 1" x 1-1/8”.  Front has clear paste stone set into engraved star. Back engraved with fancy script initials EMP. Opens to two deep recessed frames, one holds faint photo of an old Victorian woman encased in rose gold frame. Circa 1880-1890.

[Photo courtesy of Barb White: BJ's Vintage Jewelry & Collectibles]       

 



[Photo courtesy of Barb White: BJ's Vintage Jewelry & Collectibles]
 

DETAIL: Victorian gold-filled heart locket showing engraved fancy script initials EMP.
 


[Photo courtesy of Barb White: BJ's Vintage Jewelry & Collectibles]
 

DETAIL: Victorian gold-filled heart locket opening to two deep recessed frames.
 


 


[Photo courtesy of  Sunday and Sunday Fine Antique Jewelry]
 

Sterling silver Victorian “Witches Heart” pendant with hand-carved genuine carnelian shell cameo and hand-chased engraving. Measures 3/8” x 5/16”. Circa 1900. Witches hearts were an early Victorian token given to a loved one, as a symbol of a “bewitching”.  Single hearts would be given to a sweetheart (going steady), where entwined double hearts were given as symbols of marriage or betrothal.
 

 


[Photo courtesy of Barb White: BJ's Vintage Jewelry & Collectibles]
 

Victorian engraved puffed heart charm hallmarked "Sterling".  Measures 9/16" x 5/8" with twist hook jump ring. Engraved repoussé (die struck) frame with smooth inner heart and initials EMW. Removed from an old love token bracelet with coins dated in the mid-1800s.
 

 

 

 

DETAIL: Victorian engraved puffed heart charm.

[Photo courtesy of Barb White: BJ's Vintage Jewelry & Collectibles]
 

 

 


[Photo courtesy of Barb White: BJ's Vintage Jewelry & Collectibles]
 

Victorian gold-filled heart locket signed W. & S. Blackinton. Measures 1-1/8" x 1-1/4". Ornate engraved script letter “A” on front, plain back. Circa 1890.

About the maker: *W.S. Blackinton Company was founded in Attleboro, Mass in 1865 by William and Sumner Blackinton. The company suffered a horrible factory fire, and moved to Providence, RI. In 1901 the company became incorporated and moved back to Attleboro, Massachusetts.
 

 

 

DETAIL: Victorian gold-filled heart locket.

[Photo courtesy of Barb White: BJ's Vintage Jewelry & Collectibles]
 

 

 


[Photo courtesy of Barb White: BJ's Vintage Jewelry & Collectibles]
 

Rose gold-filled Victorian chased heart padlock bracelet with key. Curb link chain is chased on one side, plain on the other, measures ¼” x 7-¼”.  Embossed heart padlock measures 3/4" long, opens with a tiny ½" key that floats on a safety chain.  Circa 1890.
 


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This sweet little Victorian pin celebrates two holidays, Valentines Day and Saint Patrick’s Day. Sterling silver English Victorian three leaf clover shamrock pin with inlayed heart shaped nephrite jade. Measures 1-3/8" x 9/16". English hallmarks on back and side edge include anchor, lion and lower case letter "n", maker marked "H.G&S". (Birmingham Assay Office, Lion Passant) Circa 1912-1913 Cycle VI.
 



The following is a collection of ladies Victorian lapel watch pins.  These pins had hook back attachments from which you could hang your favorite lapel watch, locket, charm, fob, or simply alone to dress up a lapel.
 


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Heart shaped Victorian 10K gold watch pin. Softly frosted bloomed gold satin patina. The term bloomed gold is used for gold jewelry that has been immersed in an acid bath giving it a textured, slightly matte appearance.  Measures 1" x 1".  Circa 1900.
 

 


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Ornate gold-filled signed R. F. Simmons Victorian heart shaped watch pin.  Marked "Simmons" on hook back. Measures 7/8" x 7/8".  Circa 1900.
 

 

 

About the maker: *R.F. Simmons- Attelboro, MA. Founded in 1873 by Robert Fitz Simmons, acquired in 1962 by Jostens. Shown are a variety Simmons hallmarks and trademarks used for their various lines of jewelry.


 


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Victorian gold-filled heart shaped watch pin with unusual snake head detail on the bottom center of the pin, facing up. Measures 1" x 3/4". Spring loaded “reverse safety” clasp. The snake represents friendship and re-birth in Victorian jewelry. Circa 1900.
 

 


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Victorian heart shaped watch pin, yellow gold filled (with green gold applied leaves) and synthetic sapphire accent.  Measures 1-1/8" x 1".  Circa 1910.
 

 

References:

American Jewelry Manufacturers by Dorothy T. Rainwater
Encyclopedia of American Silver Manufacturers by D.T. Rainwater & Judy Redfield
International Hallmarks on Silver Collected by Tardy 
Pocket Edition Jackson's Hallmarks
All About Jewels: Illustrated Dictionary of Jewelry

About the author:
Carolyn Sunday, of Sunday and Sunday Fine Antique Jewelry, specializes in antique jewelry and vintage watches with emphasis on Victorian, Edwardian, Art Deco, and Art Nouveau eras. Their inventory includes antique cameos, enamels, lavaliers, mourning and hair jewelry, pocket watch chains, fobs, early Victorian rings and pendants, Edwardian and Art Deco filigree, military sweetheart pieces and other vintage militaria, Tobacciana, including antique cigar cutters and vintage cigarette cases.

More by this author:

A Victorian and Edwardian Cameo Collection - Beautiful images of Victorian and Edwardian cameos.
Art Nouveau Sterling Silver Repousse Smalls - A collection of sterling silver pieces.

Contact info:
Ed and Carolyn Sunday
www.sundayandsunday.com
P.O. Box 1240
Uniontown, Ohio 44685

 
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