Antique Black Dot Paste Bog Oak Witches Heart Necklace
Black dot diamond paste stones in a three leaf clover set into a black carved bog oak witches heart, circa 1840s, forms this antique Victorian necklace. Each faceted paste stone has a black dot painted at the base and set in silver. The thick bog oak heart has a three dimensional quality and is suspended from a silver cable chain.
Paste was an art form in which stones that were much harder than glass, were hand cut, polished and set in the same manner as precious gemstones. A black dot was painted on the back so that in candlelight, the stones sparkled like diamonds. The tail of a witch’s heart twists to one side and is a shape that has been in use since the 15th century. It gained popularity in Scotland in the 17th century when it became known as a Luckenbooth, named for the closed booths in Edinburgh where they were sold as tokens to ward off evil spirits and protect loved ones. Tiny witch’s hearts were often pinned to a baby’s blanket as protection. By the 18th century, the shape had taken on a slightly different meaning — they were given to a loved one as proof of being “bewitched.”
- Materials: Silver, Bog Oak
- Gemstones: Black Dot Paste
- Measurements: 1 inch for the pendant not including the bale with the newer addition chain 18 inches