One of the more overt symbols of love in Victorian jewelry is the heart padlock. Hanging from a curb link or gate link bracelet, these charming pieces rose in popularity during the mid to late 19th century, reflecting the highly regarded values of chastity and loyalty. They were typically gifted to women by their beloved before they traveled for an extended period, with the lock protecting their love for one another. The padlock could then be unlocked by the key held in his possession upon his return.
This special padlock bracelet example features 6 turquoise stones, which come together to create two stunning clover designs on the link. Additionally, it features three pearls coming together to form another clover. The placement of the details is simple and beautifully executed, providing a delicate, feminine look that is also playful.
Pearls add femininity, refinement, and sophistication to the jewelry they adorn, and they are the ultimate symbol of wisdom. Turquoise, on the other hand, represents wisdom, tranquility, protection, good fortune, and hope.
Materials and Features: rose gold, pearl, turquoise
Age/Origin: Victorian, c. 1890
Measurements: 6.25" wrist or smaller, 10.5 grams
Condition: Excellent condition. Minor associated age wear.
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