Georgian Silver Witches Heart Brooch Pin Citrine Maltese Cross

The witches heart was a piece of jewelry that had a purpose. Originally it was used as a talisman to ward off evil spirits, especially during childbirth and nursing. This style of heart had become so popular in Scotland in the 17th century that it was sold from small stalls or locked booths and so is sometimes also called a 'Luckenbooth'. By the time that this double Witches heart was made in the early 19th century, the meaning had changed somewhat and these hearts were often given as tokens of love, to indicated that the wearer had ‘bewitched’ the giver!

This fabulous Georgian Witches heart brooch is set with a rectangular citrine gem in silver. It was hand crafted in England or possibly Scotland around 1820 and has a lively fiery glint and unusual Maltese cross at the top. The citrine is closed backed and has a small hanger at the top, it could be worn as a pendant. This stunning piece is on the larger side, measuring 70 mm north to south and 48.6 mm across, the citrine measures 7.5 x 9.3 mm. The brooch bears no marks but tests as sterling silver and weighs 16.7 grams.

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Item ID: BHA23434VA

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