As one of the most everlasting, cross-cultural symbols, the heart was rather popular in Victorian-era jewelry. We know them to be symbols of love and compassion today, and so did the people of that period. Queen Victoria was particularly fond of jewelry and owned numerous heart-shaped jewels, including a charm bracelet with a heart-shaped charm representing each of her children.
It is believed that horseshoes were first used as good luck symbols from the 9th century AD although some earlier examples have been discovered in tombs. There is a lot of symbolism throughout history packed into horseshoes. For instance, horseshoes were once used to protect a house from elves or fairies, as well as from the devil. Finding a horseshoe was considered lucky in Bruges in the late 1470s, and miniature horseshoes were worn as good luck badges by pilgrims in Holland around the same period.
In the British Isles, when the horseshoe is facing up with the rounded part at the bottom, it is associated with the shape of a cup and believed to gather good luck. A horseshoe facing down, with the rounded part at the top, and nailed above a door, is supposed to pour good fortune down on any person entering through the door.
A stunning bracelet filled with history, symbolism, and beauty that fits into any look, arm stack, or collection.
Materials and Features: 9k pink gold
Age/Origin: English, c. 1890
Measurements: 8.75", 9 grams
Condition: Excellent condition. Minor associated age wear.
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