_Medieval Heart Brooch
_I was inspired by the book "Medieval Jewelry" by Marian Campbell. I've always loved the clunky, solid look and feel of medieval jewelry. So when the theme romance came up I went to the chapter on 'Affection, Love and Marriage.' Romance comes from the French 'roman' meaning a tale, and were stories about lovers or heroes and courtly love read by people of the court, and by townspeople as well. A major theme was gift giving, where men and women exchanged love tokens. This was frequently expressed with inscriptions, most commonly in French, particularly on rings and brooches. This piece is patterned after the ring-brooches which commonly fastened tunics.
Materials : Copper, vitreous enamel
Method : Formed, forged, chasing & repousse, torch-fired enamels
Size : 2.5 x 2.5 x.25
Artist : Evelyn Markasky