Instead of wearing your heart on your sleeve, wear this special gold bathed sterling silver heart necklace on your chest! The color purple is often associated with the Portuguese feeling of “Saudade,” a strong sense of melancholic longing for something or someone. Carry a piece of purple to feel the eternal love of that special someone or something with you always!
- 18" L with 2" adjustable chain, pendant is 1" L
- Gold plated sterling silver filigree, purple zirconia gemstone
- Pendant necklace
- Handmade in Portugal in Viana do Castelo
While I was in Portugal I didn't have the opportunity to visit the north were they have a strong tradition in the art of filigree jewelry. But even in Lisbon the pride of this craft was overflowing. The stunning art of Portuguese filigree has remained important over the years and is a distinct symbol of the northern regions of Gondomar, Viana do Castelo and Póvoa do Lanhoso. Every piece due to the rigor of creation, assembly and finishing requires a large amount of manual labor.
In Portugal, filigree is an essential accessory and a mark of social distinction. It is mostly used in special events such as weddings or popular festivals. The pieces we feature were made in Viana do Castelo by skilled artisans. In this region a bride wears not only an astonishing pair of the iconic sterling silver "Queen Earrings" (rumored to have been gifted to Queen Maria II during her visit to Viana and said to bring fertility to the wearer ) but also two or more gold necklaces around her neck and at least one heart-shaped pendant.
**The additional photo is of Lisbon