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Rings and other types of jewels were popular as tokens of love in the 1600s. This design of a heart pierced by arrows refers to Cupid and was widely used from the Renaissance. Cupid is the cherubic son of Venus, the Roman goddess of love. He shoots his arrows into people's hearts which makes them fall in love. This jewelled locket was probably made in Prague, in a workshop of the Imperial Habsburg court V&A

Brooch

Brooch Place of origin: Prague, Czech Republic Date: ca. Materials and Techniques: Enamelled gold, set with table-cut diamonds, rubies and emeralds. Miniature painting in oil in metal

The Darnley Jewel or Lennox Jewel

The Darnley or Lennox Jewel It is said to have been commissioned by Lady Margaret Douglas, Countess of Lennox for her husband Matthew Stewart, Earl of Lennox and Regent of Scotland, who fell in battle in 1571

Savoy, France, 19th century A pair of 18 carat gold with pearls open worked earrings with three moving parts with hearts and stars, length: 6.5 x 2 cm.

Gold and Pearl Starry Earrings

Savoy, France, century A pair of 18 carat gold with pearls open worked earrings with three moving parts with hearts and stars, length: x 2 cm.

Pendant: Venus and Cupid astride a Sea Monster; gold, enamel, rubies and pearls. Italian or German Ca.1580

Pendant: Venus and Cupid Astride a Sea Monster Date: ca.) Culture: Italian or German Medium: Gold, enamel, rubies and pearls

A Trophy of Love, French, ca. 1800. The Victoria & Albert Museum. Cupid’s bow and arrows, a pair of doves, two hearts on fire,  and a hymeneal torch (named after Hymen, the Greek goddess of marriage)

A Trophy of Love (Brooch)

A Trophy of Love brooch, France, circa enamelled gold set with cornelian, pearls and emeralds.

Giovanni Ambrogio de Predis (c. 1455 – c. 1508) Bianca Maria Sforza (1472–1510) was Holy Roman Empress as the second wife of Maximilian I, Holy Roman Emperor

Sketch of Bianca Maria Sforza, Holy Roman Empress. She was the eldest legitimate daughter of Galeazzo Maria Sforza, Duke of Milan and died in

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Roman de la Rose, MS G.32 fol. 22v - Images from Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts - The Morgan Library & Museum

- Welcome speaking to Lover -- Lover with hands extended, is led by male Personification of Welcome in garden of roses within wicker fence.

Roman de la Rose, MS G.32 fol. 106r - Images from Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts - The Morgan Library & Museum

- Images from Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts - The Morgan Library & Museum

TALISMAN OF CHARLEMAGNE~ ca. 814 AD; also a reliquary. Said to have been found on his body when his tomb was opened. Made of gold, sapphire, and other gems. Reims Cathedral Treasury, displayed at Palais du Tau.

Two large cabochon sapphires - one oval, one square - enclose holy relics (what are supposed to be a remnant of the Holy Cross and a small piece of the Virgin's hair, visible only when looking through the oval s

English made Pendant c. 1540-1560 at the Victoria & Albert Museum -   The settings of the stones on this pendant are open at the back. This allows direct contact with the wearer's skin. According to medieval and Renaissance beliefs, the magical properties of the stones could thus benefit the wearer. Renaisance pendants were often made as amulets to protect against danger. Here, the power of the amulet is heightened by an inscription to ward off epilepsy and an invocation to God, Jesus and…

Pendant

lace of origin: England, Great Britain (made) Date: (made) Artist/Maker: Unknown (production) Materials and Techniques: Enamelled gold, set with a hessonite garnet and a peridot, and hung with a sapphire