Today I am selling an exquisite Victorian rose cut diamond initial locket. This 14k rose gold locket is oval in shape and the front is covered in an intricate pierced filigree pattern, suggesting that this was meant to be a vinaigrette locket. On top of the filigree is a raised stylistic monogram that looks like a lowercase 'hk' or 'kh'. The monogram is made up of 68 rose cut or mine cut diamonds that range in size from less than 1 mm to about 2.5 mm, all set in high grade silver. The interior is also rose gold and deep enough for a small trinket. There are no rims or covers, but I don't think it ever had any. The back is smooth and not engraved. It is not stamped but acid tests positive for 14 karat gold. The clasp snaps shut securely and the hinge moves smoothly. The loop at the top does not have a bail attached to it.
CONDITION: Excellent for its age. All of the diamonds are intact and seem to be original. The silver has darkened along the edges and between the diamonds. There is a small square hole on the side that opens, with a crack leading from one corner to the back edge, where it ends in a dent. I'm not sure why the hole was made. Multiple light scratches on the back. As stated in the description above, there are no rims, covers, or bail. Very little tarnish to the 14k rose gold.
CIRCA: Late Victorian era
MEASUREMENTS: a little over 1 9/16 inches long (including loop) and 1 1/16 inches at its widest; weighs 16.25 grams