Hearts Aflame - Early Gold Locket Pendant & Chain
Dating to medieval times, the pierced flaming heart icon is symbolic of passionate affection pierced with arrows of love. Beautifully crafted in high carat yellow gold filigree work of about 18k to 20k, this antique pendant locket is replete with fine hand wrought details such as the suspended hoops of golden fringe. A flaming heart of desire and passion rests upon a cushion of delicate and intricately designed open wire work of gold. A pair of crafted arrows of ardor crosses and pierces the very center of the heart with ecstatic intoxication. Surmounting the heart is a filigree canopy of gold work ornamented with a flower within a flower floral form.
On the reverse the central heart opens to reveal a small compartment perhaps to hold a beloved lock of hair close to one’s own heart. Accompanying the locket pendant is a hand-made double chain of high carat gold which can be worn separately.
The pendant measures 2-1/16 inches (5.2 cm) in height by 1-5/8 inches (3.9 cm) in width and has a weight of 6.4 grams. The double chain measures 19-1/2 inches 48 cm) in length, has a later date 14k gold spring clasp and weighs 5.8 grams. In very good condition with two tiny spots of silver solder and oxidation to the one of the pendant arrows. The locket cover is slightly askew with some space between it and the frame; some patina inside the locket. Hallmark cannot be discerned on locket. Chain links vary due to the hand-made nature of the chain. Dates to early to mid 19th century or possibly earlier as this is an 18th century motif and form. Continental, possibly Spanish or southern Italian in origin.