My Featured Jewelry Item Today
Vintage Repousse Sterling Silver Puffy Heart Charm Necklace with Large Hinged Heart That Opens.
Repousse is Silver Ornamenting Designs in "Relief", Produced by Working the Silver From the Underside of the Piece so that the Decoration "Projects".
There are 31 Hearts in Total. 1 Large (1-1/4" X 1-1/4") Center Heart and 30 Other Hearts Ranging in Size Including: 7/16" X 7/16", 9/16" X 9/16" and 5/8" X 5/8".
Hearts are Marked "Sterling" on the Back Right Bottom. On a Few of the Smaller Hearts it Looks Like the Word has Been Worn Off.
This Necklace is a Nice Long Length of 30" and Weighs 72gms.
I Replaced the Chain in the early '80's. The Original Chain was in 3 Pieces When I Purchased it in 1979 in a Newport, RI Antique shop.
This Necklace Could Easily be Altered and Made into 2 or 3 Separate Charm Bracelets, for you Creative Ones Out There!
Heart Shaped Jewelry was a Symbol of Love & a Popular Motif in Victorian Jewelry. The Center Large Hinged Heart That Opens Was Meant to be Used to Carry Perfume, Loved Ones Ashes or Lockets of Hair, or Anything Else They Wanted to Keep Close to Their Heart.
The Designs on the Hearts are Very Sentimental; Hearts, Flowers, Words, Etc.
Very Interesting Piece of Jewelry!
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