The heart is an ancient symbol of unknown origins, and has been incorporated in romantic jewels since at least the middle ages.
This golden pin would have been used to fasten a garment, and the back is engraved in French with the message "Ourselves and all things, at your whim."
Add a little crook to the heart's point and it becomes a "witch's heart."
These neat little tokens first appear in the British isles in the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries. Originally they were used as protective amulets, but later on were gifted to both men and women as symbols of love.
A crowned heart denotes loyalty.
Place the crowned heart in a pair of hands for "friendship", and you have Claddagh ring.
Claddagh rings are named after an old Irish fishing village. They are a variation of the ancient fede rings that take the form of two clasped hands. This lovely jewel was used as a wedding ring, and is inscribed "Dudley and Katherine united 26. March 1706."
Two hearts joined together? That's a symbol that speaks for itself.
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