A charming antique MIZPAH locket dating back to the late Victorian to early Edwardian era, c1900's! The locket outer panels are made in 9k gold on a yellow-colour gilt metal frame. The 9k gold colour is a lovely subtle rose hue.
The nice-sized locket has the words MIZPAH engraved inside a scroll and placed on an angle across front cover. The letters are accented with a mixture of 11 rose-cut diamonds, 11 green paste gems, and 2 natural earth-mined green gems. Under high magnification the 2 natural green gems appear to be replacements, and likely natural earth-mined gems as internal natural inclusions are evident, albeit the enclosed back making it difficult to ascertain. The back cover is plain. No stamps are evident to locket, it has been tested to ascertain gold quality.
The locket opens up to reveal old photos of a young boy and an adorable-faced toddler. The photos rest behind a plastic cover. The mind boggles as to the sentiment reason of the photos... perhaps a reminder whilst separated due to travel, or perhaps a keepsake of 'her' loving children... or perhaps the more tragic, the passing of loved ones. I've not removed the photos in case of damaging them.
Mizpah jewellery found popularity during the Victorian era, and symbolized a bond of love between two people during a period of long separation, such as travel, military service or exploration (which was common in Victorian times!). The word Mizpah originates from the bible - Genesis 31, Verse 49, “And Mizpah; for he said, The Lord watch between me and thee, when we are absent one from another”) and meaning “watchtower” in Hebrew.
A charming piece of history steeped with endearing meaning. A perfect gift for that someone special, or to add to your collection!
ERA: late Victorian to early Edwardian era, c1900's
MATERIAL: 9k rose gold back and front covers, and yellow-colour gilt metal frame.
GEMSTONES: eleven Rose-cut Diamonds, eleven green paste & two replacement natural green gems.
WEIGHT: 11.83 grams
SIZE - 4cm long x 3.20cm wide (locket only, without rings)
CONDITION: The locket remains in excellent antique condition. Besides normal surface wear to gold and abrasions to some of the gems, there is no apparent damage to the gold or gemstone setting. A wonderful antique locket!
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