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Enamel, Diamond and Seed Pearl Locket Necklace

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$9,500

Dating from the mid-Victorian period, this oval glazed locket is composed of 18K gold, rose-cut diamonds, split seed pearls, and enamel. The 18K bloomed gold locket is ornamented with floret motifs formed with box-set rose-cut diamonds and split seed-pearl petals, joined by diagonal lines of blue champlevé enamel, and opens to an interior glazed double compartment, all suspended from a braided 18K gold wire chain, and together with a blue velvet period London jeweler’s box. With its richly-colored bloomed surface and abstract patterning, this refined locket is at once an appealing jewel and a keepsake for beloved images to wear near the heart.

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Item #: N-20433
Country: Probably England
Circa: 1870s
Size:  Locket: 1.875” length x 1.625” width; Chain: 16” length
Materials: 9 rose-cut diamonds (approximate total weight 0.18 carat); 36 split seed pearls; Enamel; 18K gold (42 grams); with blue velvet period box. 

According to the Englishwoman’s Domestic Magazine, lockets were “the most popular neckwear of the 1870s”, an “indispensable finish” for the stylish woman. Ever an adherent to and pioneer of sentimental jewelry throughout her long reign, Victoria gave a jeweled locket containing an image of her beloved half sister, the Princess Hohenlohe-Langenburg, to one of her grandchildren in 1872.
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