With love's light wings did I o'erperch these walls,
For stony limits cannot hold love out,
And what love can do, that dares love attempt.
Shakespeare states it eloquently in comparing love to a bird's wings that may overcome any obstacle and fills the heart without limits.
A diminutive and superb barn swallow bird forms the top of this heart pendant. In 18k yellow gold, one wing is set with a natural sapphire, the heart with a ruby.
Textured with realistic details, the bird's front appears lifelike. The top surface of the puffy heart is embellished with applied gold wire work.
Petite but mighty in detail and in symbolism. English in origin, it dates to circa 1900.