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Georgian “Merit Claims Love” Heart Pendant

The common “Gage d’Amitié” (or “friendship token”) message appears on the reverse, and the more unusual “Merit claims love” adorns the front. A white enamel and 18k gold heart pendant encloses a carefully braided piece of hair. Made in 1752, the same year Benjamin Franklin reportedly carried out his famous kite experiment.


  • Materials

    18k gold (tests), newer top ring and bale test as 10k gold, white enamel, rock crystal, hair, new 14k gold chain

  • Age

    Dated 1752

  • Condition

    Very good - enamel loss in several places along the edges places

  • Size

    1 1/2" length including the bale, 3/4" width, 18" chain

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Hair Jewelry:Worn in Remembrance

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HEARTS:The Symbol of Love

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