Gate bracelets came into fashion during the late Victorian era. The word "gate" alludes to the interlocked, barred chain panels which are meant to emulate the gates and fences of English country estates. They're distinguished by a large heart shaped charm with a lock and (sometimes) a key, which functions as the clasp. Like so many other Victorian jewels, gate bracelets were created as a symbol of love and fidelity; they were often exchanged between lovers who were going to be separated for a period of time. This early 20th century iteration of the gate bracelet has an attractive wide chain that tapers to a point at the clasp. The padlock is secured with a fine safety chain.
9k gold (marked)
Birmingham hallmarks for 1905
7" length, 3/4" heart padlock
1900 — 1910
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The double-clefted heart icon was born in the Middle Ages.