Viana Hearts, Made With Love - via Julie Dawn Fox in Portugal 12.02.2015 | Ever since I encountered Portugal’s exquisite filigree jewellery, I’ve been fascinated by one of the most popular designs, the Viana heart. Many Portuguese souvenirs and contemporary designs now sport this distinctively curved heart with its crown-like growth at the top so you’re bound to see it at some point. Photo: Gold filigree heart, Ourivesaria Freitas, Viana do Castelo
FRESHWATER PEARL AND DIAMOND JABOT PIN, FRENCH, CIRCA 1915 Set at either end with a baroque freshwater pearl of pink hue, further decorated with an oval diamond and 17 small old European-cut and single-cut diamonds weighing a total of approximately .65 carat, mounted in platinum, French assay marks.
Sumerian Cloisonné Ring, Iraq, ca. 3000 BCE (Louvre Paris Reunion des Musees National/Art Resource, New York/Photograph by Zeva Oelbaum). Possibly a wedding ring. *Cloisonne is an ancient technique for decorating metalwork objects, in recent centuries using porcelain enamel, and in older periods also inlays of cut gemstones, glass and other materials.