Heart performed filigree integration . The initial skeleton is filled with filigree motifs . Sometimes these pieces feature overlapping the latter decorations like small flowers placed in the center. These decorations also can be enamelled . These ornaments were much used in the Minho and Douro , has been widely shown in photographs and postcards depicting women in these areas through the twentieth century.
The symbolism of the heart, within popular jewelery , has changed with time . Initially , in the nineteenth century would be connoted with the divine love for their connection to the cult of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary . Later, he was associated with profane love , symbolizing the bond between a man and a woman . In this sense, refers Luis Chaves that "the heart of the Portuguese jewelery contains a complicated mix of jewelry, that is materially symbol of love and attachable amulet same feeling ."
Rosa Maria dos Santos Mota , 2001 Glossary Use of Gold in northern Portugal , the Universidade Católica Editora , Porto.