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This classic vintage JB silver overlay bracelet contains all heart-shaped medals, reminders that we need to open our hearts to God and live the Word of God with our hearts on fire. It features a vintage, signed JB “Heart” silver overlay charm bracelet and 5 Sterling Silver vintage quality religious holy medals ~ all heart-shaped!

~Miraculous Medal (Mother of Pearl with Marcasites)
~ Mary Praying (Enameled)
~St. Christopher
~Mary with Baby Jesus (Enameled High Relief)
~Mary with Baby Jesus (Enameled)

Heart-shaped medals are highly sought after by collectors, along with vintage “heart” style charm bracelets. I have been gathering these medals for years, just waiting to have enough to make a bracelet with them! This is the second “heart” bracelet I have made in 5 years!

About the Bracelet

JB bracelets are well-known for their quality and craftsmanship. Along with ELCO Sterling, American Sterling and Forstner Sterling, they represent the gold standards of vintage charm bracelets! The beautiful bracelet is marked JB Silvery Overlay on the back of the clasp. The clasp is sturdy and in good working order, and is supplemented by a safety catch. The bracelet is made of sturdy double link construction and covered by hearts (19 of them). It is in very good to excellent vintage condition, with very little to almost no visible wear. From what I have read, JB silver overlay bracelets will hold up to the same, perhaps better wear, as their sterling counterparts. Silver overlay is a thick layer of sterling silver laid on top of a firmer metal during the manufacturing process. This makes the finished piece firmer and less prone to bending. The silver layer is thick enough that it is engraved just like solid sterling and will also tarnish with exposure to air. Silver overlay is not to be confused with silverplate, as the layer of silver is much, much thicker than silverplate.

It is a gorgeous bracelet!

The bracelet is 7 5/8” long (7 1/4” wearable length), 3/8" wide and is meant for average sized wrists. It weighs approximately 30 grams and is a nice-sized bracelet that could easily hold more medals if desired. The medals were attached to the bracelet with new, 6mm sterling silver split rings. They range in size from approximately 11/16” to 1” long and approximately 5/8” to 7/8” wide. The medals make a lovely sound when worn. All of the medals are heart-shaped and all are marked STERLING.

Medal Details

~Miraculous Medal, heart-shaped, vintage, marked STERLING. 11/16” long. Thick, raised medal with marcasites surrounding the Miraculous Medal, which is on a background of white mother of pearl. In very good vintage condition with some wear to back consistent with age. The Miraculous Medal comes directly from the Most Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God and our Mother – a gift from heaven that has never ceased to effect marvels of grace throughout the entire world. In 1830, Sister Catherine Labouré beheld a vision in which the Blessed Mother appeared to her and instructed her to have a medal struck with her image. The Blessed Mother said that the persons who will wear it will receive great graces and that these graces will be abundant for those who wear it with confidence.

~Praying Mary, vintage, heart-shaped, signed GRENCI STERLING on back. Beautiful blue enameled medal with the image of Mary praying on front. The back has the image of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. New old stock (vintage but never used). In excellent vintage condition. 13/16" long.

~St. Christopher, vintage, heart-shaped, marked STERLING on back. Approximately 1” long. The image of St. Christopher carrying Christ is on front, along with the words, “St. Christopher, Be My Guide.” All surrounded by detailed scrolls and flowers and leaves on each side. In good vintage condition. Unique, beautiful older medal!
Saint Christopher was a third century martyr, born Offero at Canaan. His fame derives from the pious legend of him being a "Christ-bearer" (= Christopher). He was a powerfully built man who wandered the world in search of novelty and adventure. He came upon a hermit who lived beside a dangerous stream and served others by guiding them to safe places to cross. He gave Offero instruction in the truth of God. Offero took the hermit's place, but instead of guiding travelers, he carried them safely across the stream.

One day he carried a small child across the stream; the child's weight nearly crushed him. When they arrived on the other side, the child revealed himself as Christ, and he was so heavy because he bore the weight of the world on himself. He then baptized Offero with water from the stream. Christopher's service at the stream led to his patronage of things related to travel and travelers, people who carry things, etc. His feast day is July 25.

~Mary with Baby Jesus, vintage, heart-shaped, signed CREED STERLING on back. CREED is a well-known and respected manufacturer of fine religious goods. Thick, raised medal of Mary with the Baby Jesus on a black enameled background with diamond-cut edges. In good vintage condition with some wear on back consistent with age. 7/8" long.

~Mary with Baby Jesus, vintage, heart-shaped, signed CREED STERLING on back. Another fine medal from CREED, although a much different style than the other CREED medal on this bracelet. Beautiful blue enameled medal with a modernist image of Mary and the Baby Jesus on front. Lacy openwork borders the heart. A very pretty medal in good vintage condition with wear consistent with age. 3/4" long.

About My Bracelets

I thoroughly enjoy collecting vintage religious holy medals and using them in my handcrafted bracelets, chaplets and rosaries, restoring them to their original purpose of prayer and devotion. I only use quality pieces and go to great lengths to find the perfect combination of materials. In most cases, I clean the medals but strive to preserve the warm patina that can only be acquired through age. Most are in very good condition, however, being vintage items, some show signs of use and wear ~ which I believe only adds to their beauty!

Hearts on Fire...Vintage JB Sterling Silver Overlay Catholic Medal Heart Bracelet

Overview

  • Handmade item
  • Materials: JB Charm Bracelet, Holy Medals, Sterling Silver Jumprings, Enameled Medals, Vintage Sterling Medals, Marcasite, Mother of Pearl, Sterling Silver
  • Only ships to United States from Pennsylvania, United States.
  • Feedback: 29 reviews
  • Favorited by: 2 people