Vintage 9k Rose Gold Hallmarked Shoe Charm for Good Luck, Health and Favor in New Beginnings
Vintage 9k Rose Gold Hallmarked Shoe Charm for Good Luck, Health and Favor in New Beginnings
Vintage 9k Rose Gold Hallmarked Shoe Charm for Good Luck, Health and Favor in New Beginnings
Vintage 9k Rose Gold Hallmarked Shoe Charm for Good Luck, Health and Favor in New Beginnings
Vintage 9k Rose Gold Hallmarked Shoe Charm for Good Luck, Health and Favor in New Beginnings
Vintage 9k Rose Gold Hallmarked Shoe Charm for Good Luck, Health and Favor in New Beginnings
Vintage 9k Rose Gold Hallmarked Shoe Charm for Good Luck, Health and Favor in New Beginnings
Vintage 9k Rose Gold Hallmarked Shoe Charm for Good Luck, Health and Favor in New Beginnings
Vintage 9k Rose Gold Hallmarked Shoe Charm for Good Luck, Health and Favor in New Beginnings
Vintage 9k Rose Gold Hallmarked Shoe Charm for Good Luck, Health and Favor in New Beginnings
Vintage 9k Rose Gold Hallmarked Shoe Charm for Good Luck, Health and Favor in New Beginnings
Vintage 9k Rose Gold Hallmarked Shoe Charm for Good Luck, Health and Favor in New Beginnings
Vintage 9k Rose Gold Hallmarked Shoe Charm for Good Luck, Health and Favor in New Beginnings
Vintage 9k Rose Gold Hallmarked Shoe Charm for Good Luck, Health and Favor in New Beginnings
Vintage 9k Rose Gold Hallmarked Shoe Charm for Good Luck, Health and Favor in New Beginnings
Vintage 9k Rose Gold Hallmarked Shoe Charm for Good Luck, Health and Favor in New Beginnings
Vintage 9k Rose Gold Hallmarked Shoe Charm for Good Luck, Health and Favor in New Beginnings
Vintage 9k Rose Gold Hallmarked Shoe Charm for Good Luck, Health and Favor in New Beginnings
Vintage 9k Rose Gold Hallmarked Shoe Charm for Good Luck, Health and Favor in New Beginnings
Vintage 9k Rose Gold Hallmarked Shoe Charm for Good Luck, Health and Favor in New Beginnings
Vintage 9k Rose Gold Hallmarked Shoe Charm for Good Luck, Health and Favor in New Beginnings
Vintage 9k Rose Gold Hallmarked Shoe Charm for Good Luck, Health and Favor in New Beginnings
Vintage 9k Rose Gold Hallmarked Shoe Charm for Good Luck, Health and Favor in New Beginnings
Vintage 9k Rose Gold Hallmarked Shoe Charm for Good Luck, Health and Favor in New Beginnings
Vintage 9k Rose Gold Hallmarked Shoe Charm for Good Luck, Health and Favor in New Beginnings
Vintage 9k Rose Gold Hallmarked Shoe Charm for Good Luck, Health and Favor in New Beginnings
Vintage 9k Rose Gold Hallmarked Shoe Charm for Good Luck, Health and Favor in New Beginnings

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Vintage 9k Rose Gold Hallmarked Shoe Charm for Good Luck, Health and Favor in New Beginnings

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General Information:

  • Precious Metal Weight: 0.27 dwt
  • Precious Metal Material: 9k rose gold (perhaps atop a 9k yellow gold base? Please see photos to ascertain color, though note that to the unmagnified eye, the charm appears totally rose gold)
  • Dimensions: 22.6 mm long x 5.63 mm wide x 3.16 mm deep; fits up to a ~ 1.8 mm chain
  • Weight: An easy-to-wear featherweight 0.42 grams
  • Markings: W.J.F. 9 .375 [anchor] N; these indicate the following: the maker is W.J.F., and the pendant was made of 9k (37.5% pure gold), under the jurisdiction of the Birmingham assay office, in the year 1987.
  • Era: Estimated to date from anytime between 1986-1988. Its style and make is extremely generalized, so without knowing an exact provenance, we cannot ascertain a more precise date range beyond what our years of collecting, dealing, learning and refining our expertise enables us to determine, or what the presumed date letter “N” denotes.
  • Buyer Notes: This charm appears to be rose gold over yellow gold, though because it is so small, to the naked eye it simply appears rose gold. While it is marked for 9k gold, on our tester it tests as just over 51% gold which is about 12k, and the jump ring/bail tests as 11-12k yellow gold. This rose gold jewel is a very small, very sweet little charm that carries with it a message of safety and health, prosperity and blessed beginnings. It is small enough to be enjoyed around the wrist, on a ring or around the neck. It is a very polished, pink rose gold, that is just as wonderful for lone wear as it is within a cluster or pairing of your favorite vintage charms.

The Story:

Utterly charming, this tiny pendant is fabricated in very warm rose gold and is made in the shape of a gentleman’s shoe, complete with a wingtip toe detail on the top and a perimeter of tacks along the bottom. According to the hallmarks on the base of the shoe, this piece was created in Birmingham, UK, in 1987. Though a more recent vintage jewel, this charm was designed to resemble historic charms, symbolic for good fortune and protection:

Throughout the 19th century and into the first decades of the 20th, it was common practice for homeowners and their families to hide a pair of their depleted shoes within the walls or chimney of newly constructed houses. The practice is believed to be a unique culmination of various rituals and folklore rooted in British history. Some believe that the exercise stems from the giving of offerings during Samhain, a three-day ancient Celtic pagan festival that evolved into the celebration of Halloween and the start of the Winter season. Another theory comes from the belief that well-worn shoes and other personal items could be used to distract or throw off the ill-wishes of others and the spells of witches should they conjure harm. As such, shoes became emblems of physical and metaphysical safeguarding, protecting the body and the spirit alike.

Throughout the last couple hundred years, as the practice of placing shoes in the constitution of homes decreased in popularity, the enjoyment of tiny talismans-- such as gold shoe charms-- rose. This being so, this dainty shoe pendant was created in homage to the Victorian and Edwardian tradition, yet exists as a far more practical, attractive and precious alternative to the shoe-hiding endeavor. A most delicate bauble, this shoe charm hails as a token of ‘good luck’, health and happiness.

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