Expressions of Love: Other Sentimental Symbols

Whew! Are you tired of reading about romantic symbolism yet? I hope not….we have one last post! I promise to keep it short and sweet.

As you have learned, eternity is a recurring theme in romantic symbolism and the ouroboros is only one example. We briefly touched on knots – two separate pieces in an interwoven union, an eternal twist of unbreakable love. Bows can also be used to relay a similar idea. A more unusual image of eternity is that of a buckle (usually a ring or bracelet) because it clasps together to form a loop of unbreakable strength. Sweet, right?!




The Victorians believed that the hand, like the face, is indicative of character and they often used hands in symbolic ways. Clasped hands were joined together in unity, while a hand holding a flower was a token of affection. In the case of this book-shaped locket, the hand is clasping a circle of roses, a symbol of virtue.  And of course, lockets are worn close to the heart so they are the perfect romantic gesture!


Victorian 14K Yellow Gold Enameled Book Locket. Circa 1860.

I hope you have enjoyed this series! It’s the special little things about jewelry that make it so meaningful and fun to wear. Don’t forget to browse the Expressions of Love Collection if you are looking to…express your love!

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