Today I am selling an exquisite Victorian gold and pearl locket. It is oval in shape and has both yellow and rose gold features. The sloping edge is rose gold, along with the raised teardrop and filigree decorations surrounding the prong set split pearl. The flat front, applied textured flower and leaves, back, and bail are all yellow gold which was plated over the rose gold. The locket back has a beveled glass door with a rose gold rim that hinges at the top and opens to reveal a recessed area for photos, hair, or other small mementos. The hinge moves smoothly and the door stays closed firmly, but gaps a small amount. A teardrop shaped bail is attached to the loop at the top. It is not hallmarked but the bail and the body of the locket acid test positive for 14 karat gold; the rim around the glass is base metal.
CONDITION: Very good for its age. The split pearl has very little nacre wear and looks original. Tarnish to the gold in various areas, such as around the hinge on the back and around and under the decoration on the front. Wear to the yellow gold plating revealing the rose gold on the bottom edge. No dents that I can see. The glass is a little dirty and lightly scratched. As stated in the description above, the hinge moves smoothly and the door stays closed firmly, but gaps a small amount.
CIRCA: Mid Victorian era
MEASUREMENTS: 2 inches long including bail and 1 1/16 inches at its widest; weighs 9.7 grams