Victorian Sentimental AEI Crystal Heart Pendant
Although the early 1800s lent themselves to the wearing of sentimental jewelry for love and mourning, the Victorian age is often regarded as the pantheon dedicated to this type of jewelry.
Love jewels of the 19th century were often in the shape of a heart. Here we have a lovely example of a pendant carved from clear rock crystal. A yellow gilt metal monogram “AEI” has been applied to the convex surface of the crystal. These initials were originally from the Greek that translated to “for now and forever”, aei, aiei or aion. The Victorians interpreted this as “Amity, Eternity, Infinity” and incorporated the saying into the repertoire of the romance of the day. Original top loop and bale are of yellow gilt metal. August, tactile and sensual to the touch, the pendant makes for a grand statement
Measurements: 1-7/8 inches (4.8 cm) in length including bale and 1-1/2 inches (3.8 cm) without by 1-7/16 inches (3.7 cm) in width by 11/16 of an inch (1.5 cm) in height. The symbol itself is 11/16 of an inch (1.7 cm) by 5/8 of an inch (1.8 cm) and rises 1/16 of an inch (0.15 cm) from the crystal. This antique heart pendant has a weight of 28.8 grams (18.6 dwt).
Condition: Excellent to mint.
Date & Origin: Circa 1880 and is most likely English in origin.
Overall Scale: Medium to large and substantial in weight.