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Victorian Sapphire and Rose-Cut Diamond Witch's Heart Drop

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90-1-11221

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ABOUT THIS NECKLACE

Daintily hand fabricated in silver over 18K yellow gold, circa 1890 / turn-of-the-last-century, this enchanting (and possibly enchanted!) 'witch's heart' glistens and glows with a crystalline cornflower blue heart-shaped sapphire, weighing approximately 1.20 carat, enveloped all around by tiny glinting rose-cut diamonds. The new darkened silver chain measures 18 inches.

The tail of a witch’s heart twists to one side (almost always the right side) and is a shape that has been in use since the 15th century. It gained popularity in Scotland in the 17th century when it became known as a Luckenbooth, named for the closed booths in Edinburgh where they were sold as tokens to ward off evil spirits and to protect loved ones. Tiny witch’s hearts were often pinned to a baby’s blanket to protect against witches stealing milk or harming the baby. By the 18th century, the shape had taken on a slightly different meaning — they were given to a loved one as proof of being “bewitched.”

Details

Materials:
Silver over 18 Karat Gold
Length:
3/8 Inch without bale, 1/2 Inch with bale
Width:
5/16 Inch
Chain Length:
18 Inch
Gram Weight:
2.4 Grams
Period:
Victorian
Center Sapphire details
Cut/Shape:
Heart Cut
Color:
Slightly Violetish Blue
Carat Weight:
1.20 carat Because mountings prohibit full and accurate observation of gem quality and weight, all data pertaining to mounted gems can be considered as approximate unless accompanied by an independent laboratory certificate (AGL, EGL, GIA). Unless otherwise stated, all colored stones and pearls are assumed to be subject to a relatively stable and possibly undetected color and/or clarity enhancement.
Measurements:
6.10 x 6.50 x 3.50 mm
Enhancements:
None
Additional Details Additional Gem Details

18 Rose Cut Diamonds

Carat Weight:
0.10 carat Because mountings prohibit full and accurate observation of gem quality and weight, all data pertaining to mounted gems can be considered as approximate unless accompanied by an independent laboratory certificate (AGL, EGL, GIA). Unless otherwise stated, all colored stones and pearls are assumed to be subject to a relatively stable and possibly undetected color and/or clarity enhancement.
Measurements:
0.80-1.30 mm
Color:
H-I-J
Clarity:
VS-SI-I1
Total Diamond Carat Weight:
0.10
Total Colored Gemstone Carat Weight:
1.20

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