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Hancocks’ Jewel of the Month Combines Love, Luck, and Wonder


For its March Jewel of the Month, Hancocks London is highlighting a late-Victorian heart locket with a lucky secret that channels the spirit of St. Patrick’s Day.

The circa 1896 pendant’s domed front is covered with some 10 carats of old mine cut diamonds in a pavé setting, intricately arranged around a single pear-shape diamond at the center. Undeniably beautiful on the outside, the locket holds a wonderful delight inside.

“When the heart pendant is opened, it discreetly reveals a glazed locket compartment housing a rare four-leaf clover—a timeless emblem of good luck,” said Guy Burton, Hancocks London’s managing director, in a statement. “Whoever originally gifted this jewel sought a piece that symbolized adornment but also wanted to wish the wearer good fortune in their life. Engravings mark the years 1875 and 1896, hinting at a significant occasion, possibly a 21st birthday celebration.”

Hancocks clover
Inside the diamond and gold heart locket, a compartment holds a four-leaf clover and is engraved at top with the years 1875 and 1896, suggesting it was originally a 21st-birthday gift.

Meticulously crafted, the 18k polished gold pendant hangs from a diamond-set navette-shape bale, suspended from a gold and natural pearl snake chain.

“Throughout the 19th century, expressions of affection manifested prominently through the symbolism of heart motifs,” Burton elaborated on the historical significance of the piece. “The Victorian era witnessed a profound fascination with heart-shaped jewelry, undoubtedly influenced by Queen Victoria’s personal affinity towards the shape. This piece is in very fine condition and looks incredible when worn. We see quite a few diamond-set Victorian heart pendants, but this one is particularly impressive given its quality, size, and history.”

This antique piece is available for £42,500, or approximately $54,000.

(Photos courtesy of Hancocks London)

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By: Annie Davidson Watson

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