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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.

Because of their grape-like color, the Greeks associated amethysts with the wine god, Bacchus. They believed that wearing amethyst could protect you from drunkenness. In fact, the word amethystos meant “not drunk” in ancient Greek. According to gemstone lore, amethyst jewelry keeps its wearer clear-headed and clever.

This gorgeous heart padlock bracelet features stations, each boasting a center amethyst stone and detail throughout. A rare example, the amethyst stones add character to an already confident piece. This is a great addition to any collection, look, and even a thoughtful gift for any February birthday. 


Materials and Features: 9k gold, amethyst

Age/Origin: Late Victorian, English, c. 1890-1910

Measurements: 16.9 grams, 8.75" wrist (can be made shorter if desired)

Condition: Excellent condition. Minor age wear associated. 

Please view and inspect any photos closely. We endeavor to fully disclose all condition information clearly and concisely, however, please note that what qualifies as excellent condition for historical jewelry differs from modern and contemporary pieces; please take the age of the piece into account when examining the piece. Minor age wear is typical and to be expected for antique and vintage jewelry. Unless otherwise stated, gemstones have not been officially graded for color, clarity, or treatment by GIA; any information provided is our own educated, professional assessment.

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