This Scottish gold citrine heart is circa 1860. The heart is surmounted by a crown signifying loyalty. It has two natural pearls, and a central faceted emerald as well fleur de lys decoration. The incorporation of this motif is evidence of the Auld Alliance of 1295 between France and Scotland. Mary Queen of Scots grew up in France and was Queen of France 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 this form of heart is often called, The Mary Queen of Scots Heart.
The citrine has a rich natural golden color with a beautiful variation of hue. The heart measures 1 3/4 inches long from the top loop x 3/4 wide. The heart is 15k and the lovely 14k snake link chain is a good match in scale and patina. The chain measures 18 1/4 inches. The condition is excellent. Under magnification there is a tiny edge chip in the emerald, not noticeable with the naked eye. The crown both front and back is hand engraved and detailed.
I have personally collected these hearts as I not only appreciate the beauty of form, but the symbolism as well. It is easily worn day or evening. Lovely and timeless!