It is with pride, I offer this wonderful, bold antique Scottish heart and crown pendant. It is circa 1890 and is designed with a smoky quartz heart surmounted with a finely rendered crown. The crown is especially fine, with a center of quilloche red enameling and hand engraving.
The beauty of these hearts is not only for the sculptural grace, but for the symbolism. It is often called the " Mary Queen of Scots Heart. " The use of fleur de lys, symbolizes the Auld Alliance of 1295 between France and Scotland. Mary Queen of Scots grew up in France and became Queen at the tender age of 17. She became Queen of Scotland after sustaining great personal loss, and the years that followed were tragic. She was beloved by her people and her life and tragic death has been the subject of countless books throughout the centuries.
This heart is similar in form to others I have offered for sale through the years, but is unique in its use of enameling. It is perfectly proportioned, plump and dramatic. It has identical work, front and back, is in excellent condition, and retains the original rich patina. Very slight enamel wear to one tiny triangle in the back, not visible when worn.
It measures 2 3/4 inches long from the top of the bail X 1 1/2 across the heart. It is 15k and truly remarkable. I am passionate about these hearts and have personally collected these for many years. It comes with a long ultra-suede cord which can be adjusted and worn closer to the neck, or it can be joined with a chain of choice. Scotland, circa 1860.