19th century flaming heart emerald and diamond ring


19th century flaming heart emerald and diamond ring

The heart aflame symbolizes the burning passion of undying love.

The heart motif refers to friendship, devotion and affection, although the most powerful and significant of all hearts in jewelry are the versions that refer to deep, romantic and enduring love. Use of the heart shape to represent love was first reported at the end of the Middle Ages. The symbol gained popularity in the 15th and 16th centuries and became widely used in jewelry design throughout the subsequent centuries.

A flaming heart is representative of “burning with passion”, although traditionally the sacred heart depicted with a flame is connected to devotional or religious love it carries other connotations today.

A 18 karat gold flaming heart ring, from the end of the nineteenth century. Featuring a pear shaped emerald and rose cut diamonds. Hallmarked 750 and illegible maker. The emerald measures 9 x 5mm, motif 16.4×13.4mm Gross weight: 2.6 g. Size 8 ¾