Exquisite, Flemish silver, rose-cut Diamond set ‘Vlaams Hart’ brooch / pendant, Circa 1800
An exquisite piece of Flemish jewellery, this diamond heart pendant / brooch is called a “Vlaams hart” (Dutch for “Flemish heart”).
These hearts were fashionable in the 18th and 19th century (especially in Antwerp) due to the deep devotion of the flemish people for Madonna.
They were given on Mother’s day with the celebration of Maria. The crowned heart symbolises the heart of Maria in a rosary. The wreath of roses has a central loose hanging part with the nicest diamond in its center “beautiful and sparkling as the heart of Maria herself” surrounded by ten little diamonds.
A Flemish heart is a heart shaped pendant set with rose cut diamonds hanging under a crown and are usually made in gold backed silver.
MEASUREMENTS: 40 x 57mm
WEIGHT: 19.3 GRAMS
HALLMARKS: As above
CONDITION: Good antique condition
DATE: Georgian (1714 to 1830)