How about this lovely young lady?
Well chances are they do, but we’ll never know since we can’t see inside their jewelry boxes. “Witches Hearts” were an early Victorian token given to a loved one, as a symbol of a “bewitching”. Single hearts were given to a sweetheart (going steady), while entwined double hearts were given as symbols of marriage or betrothal.
A “Witches Heart” is styled with a bottom curved to one side. “Witches Hearts” were initially worn to protect loved ones from evil spirits. Tiny “Witches Hearts” were pinned to baby’s blankets to ward off dark forces.
(Picture from Ebay - It's for sale!)
By the 19th century, the “Witches Heart” took on a whole new meaning. Lovers gifted each other with "Witches Hearts" as a token of love to symbolize that they’d been “bewitched” with love. They were typically made with garnets and often crowned (a symbol of loyalty). The gemstones featured in 19th century jewelry designs were significant when it came to the diverse selection of hearts throughout the Victorian period.
One thing’s for sure - the heart remains a symbol of love and they continue to be prevalent in jewelry today. There are as many variations as there are tastes in design and fashion. I was gifted my first heart locket by my husband when we were dating, 38 years ago, and it’s still a cherished piece. Have you given or received a heart necklace? Was it a “Witches Heart?”