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Marcasite and Sterling Silver Lovespoon Brooch

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SKU: JY-BH-0045

2 in stock

The pretty Marcasite brooch in the form of a Welsh Lovespoon is decorated with a Heart for love and friendship and a four-leaved clover for Goodluck.

Sterling Silver pinned with a safety catch.

Dimensions: 54 mm x 14 mm

 

 

£45.00

2 in stock

Product Description

HISTORY
THE CELTIC KNOT
The Celtic Knot design is found throughout the British Isles and the most prevalent surviving examples are on Christian artifacts from the 7th and 8th Century in the form of huge standing stone crosses, metalwork and beautifully illuminated bibles such as the Book of Kells, which is on display at Trinity College, Dublin.
It is uncertain when and where these designs originated but many artifacts have been found with this scroll and knotwork throughout Europe going back to pre-Christian times. In modern times we try to put a meaning to this artwork but as little is written down it is all speculation but undoubtedly it indicates a person's status, or to glorify the gospels.
LOVESPOONS
The custom of giving a carved wooden spoon as a love token originated in Wales as far back as the 1600's when a man would carve the handle of a spoon for his betrothed. By Victorian times the carvings were quite elaborate and the custom of giving a lovespoon for a special occasion included loved ones, family members and friends. Each spoon will have a special meaning as indicated by the symbols carved on it.
MARCASITE JEWELLERY
Marcasite jewellery is made up of pieces of Pyrite (Fool's Gold) normally set into Silver.

Additional information

Design

Heart

Metal

Marcasite, Sterling Silver

Origins

Wales

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