Thursday, 29 July 2010
The Ruby Red Edwardian Heart Brooch
Then of course, the centrepiece: a 45 carat, heartcut ruby. The colour of pigeon's blood, it was mined in the Valley of Rubies, Mogok, two day’s travel from Mandelay…
Is anyone still with me?
Of course, I lie. They're not diamonds. The ‘ruby’ did not come from a legendary valley. There are too few facets for a round cut and no hallmarks for gold. This is costume jewellery, created from paste and, I suspect, pinchbeck.
But it is about 100 years old.
How many times has this been a gift between young lovers? Giddy enough to want to SHOUT their love with a big sparkly heart, but having too few pennies to rub together.
Gazed at in shop windows, saved-up for, hidden in pockets, offered in shaky hands along with declarations and skipped heartbeats. Well, dear reader, that's how it came to me. This little brooch is rich in love.
Costume jewellery is all about the emotion; fine jewellery is all about the materials. For me, it's costume every time.
Invitation to Comment
So who's stolen your heart? Costume or Fine Jewellery?
And what's the most romantic gift you've ever sent or received? Do share!
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