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"Open Heart" Pendant

Annular (ring) brooches developed into heart-shaped brooches in the early 14th century.  By the 15th century, the form was applied to pendants.  The English court was particularly fond of heart-shaped jewels:  Henry VIII (1491 – 1547) gave his daughter Mary a heart pendant – and had 39 heart pendants of his own.*

My "Open Heart" captures this universal symbol in a contemporary, stylized design.  

*Joan Evans, A History of Jewelery 1100 – 1870.  London:  Faber and Faber, 1953. Page 105.

950 platinum

2 1/4"H x 2 5/8"W x 5/16"D

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