As the primary symbol of love in the middle ages the heart was a favoured subject for jewellery. For the nobility, this took the form of magnificent silver or gold brooches, often set with precious stones and accompanied by amatory mottoes.
Pewter badges, in imitation of these jewels, were also common, and these would have been produced for ordinary people to give and wear as symbols of love. The flowering heart, as in this attractive badge, was a particularly popular subject and was often depicted on betrothal or wedding rings.
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