FLEMISH HEART, its origins and story


What is the origin of the Flemish Heart? To understand the story of this typical precious jewellery piece it is important to go back to the origin of Mother's Day.


diamond heartThe origin of Mother’s Day goes back to the era of ancient Greek and Romans, with the cult to Cybele and Hilaria. First, the Christian Mothering Sunday celebrated the Mother Church and not the motherhood. Later, some Catholic countries adopted the celebration of the Virgin Mary, on 15th August, as the Mother’s Day. In Antwerp - Belgium - it is still a tradition to celebrate Mother’s Day on that specific day. In the past, even typical jewellery pieces were given on Mother’s Day by Flemish people.

It became fashionable in the 18th and 19th century to give a Flemish Heart (see picture) to his mother during the celebration. This typical and regional jewellery was mostly made in gold backed with silver. A Flemish heart is a heart shaped field set with rose cut diamonds, which hangs under a crowning or a lover trophy. The widely spread deep devotion of the Flemish people for the Madonna in the 18th and 19th Century , and especially in Antwerp, is seen as the major cause for the existence of these Flemish hearts. The heart of the jewel, is always set with the most important diamond and seen as a symbol of the Madonna’s heart.

Text ©World Luxury Jewellers.



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