Created with sentiment and love in mind, this gorgeous necklace from the late-Victorian, or Aesthetic era, is crafted from a single-cut synthetic ruby, 9K yellow and rose gold, and gold-filled metal. The heart and bow motif together symbolize the state of being “in love” in an era when emotions were kept close to the cuff. The chased and repoussé detail gives the necklace a romantic, antique character, an excellent gift for someone you love!
Ruby is considered one of the “Big 3” gemstones and is apart of the corundum gem family. The rich, bluish-red hue that rubies are known for comes from trace amounts of chromium in the crystal lattice. Rubies are associated with the three fire signs of the zodiac and are also said to have healing properties for your entire system. Ancient peoples believed that wearing ruby would ward off all illness and disease. It has also been described as a stone “of nobility,” which will aid in overcoming conflict or controversy and were typically worn by knights. Ruby is the birthstone for July.
The necklace is in very good antique condition with minimal signs of wear. The surface of the gold has fine lines and marks, typical of antique pieces, but nothing noticeable or distracting. There are some light etchings on the back “1810” and “84,” which could be dealer marks or connotating a date. The bar pin is 9K yellow gold set with a single-cut synthetic ruby. The ruby is not chipped or cracked, but under heavy magnification, you can see a little glue peeking out from mounting. This is a converted piece, with the bar originally as a brooch, and at some point was turned into a pendant. The chain is not original and stamped GF. The gemstones and metal were tested.
The necklace is 18″ long and 1/2″ wide and weighs 4.15 grams. The box is for display only.
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