This 18K yellow gold French Victorian locket from 1870 resembles a coat-of-arms. This archetypal shape is repeated from its centre of eleven carré cabochon cut turquoiqes surrounded with eight triangular set rose cut diamonds to a frame in between two twisting gold threads. Dangling from an engraved Greek meander flanked with an elegant scroll, only this unique jewel can represent such a formal declaration of devotion. In this specific locket, we've found the antique pictures of a man and a woman whose memory is still sealed within this pendant.
Antique jewelry object group: locket pendant
Condition: excellent condition - (more info on our condition scale)
Country of origin:France
Style: Victorian - Victorian decorative arts refers to the style of decorative arts during the Victorian era. The Victorian era is known for its eclectic revival and interpretation of historic styles and the introduction of cross-cultural influences from themiddle east and Asia in furniture, fittings, and Interior decoration. Victorian design is widely viewed as having indulged in a regrettable excess of ornament. The Arts and Crafts movement, the aesthetic movement, Anglo-Japanese style, and Art Nouveaustyle have their beginnings in the late Victorian era. - See also: Victorianor more info on styles
Style specifics: The Grand Victorian Period - Experts divide the reign of Queen Victoria, also called The Victorian era (1837 - 1901) into three periods of about twenty years each; The Romantic Victorian Period (1837 - 1860), The Grand Victorian Period (1860 - 1880),and the Late or Aesthetic Victorian Period (1880 - 1901).
We consider this to be of the Grand Victorian Period.
This second Victorian period is famous for its ostentatious pieces set with pearls and diamonds (from South Africa). From ca. 1850 wealthy English had reported about jewelry from India and Japan, which heavily inspired the jewelers of this period. Thisperiod also corresponds with the death of Queen Victoria's husband King Albert making mourning jewelry (set with heavy dark stones) the type of jewelry specific for this period.
Period: ca. 1870 - (events & facts of this era, poetry of this era, fashion of this era)
Material: 18K yellow gold - (more info on precious metals)
Diamonds:Eight rose cut diamonds. We do not have the weight of the diamonds which is normal in our trade when it comes to rose cuts.
Precious stones:Eleven carre cabochon cut turquoises - (more info on precious stones)
Birthstones: Diamond is the birthstone (or month stone) for April and turquoise for December. - (more info on birthstones)
Hallmarks: The French control mark for 18K gold representing an eagle's head that was in use in France from about 1838. - (more info on hallmarks)
Dimensions: height 5,84 cm (2,30 inch), width 3,16 cm (1,24 inch)