The Victorians seemed to love the “target” motif, as this locket has been described. This antique, Victorian, oval- shaped locket, created around the 1880’s is full of detail and workmanship. Victorian craftsman had high standards. And this pendant ( 35.1 mm in length, 28.4 mm in width, and 5.7 grams in weight), is no exception. The front of the pendant is enriched with details, while the back, is quite plain But the glass locket is still securely intact. Originally this was a brooch, or target brooch. But I thought it would make a much more striking pendant, so it has been altered
The Victorian locket hangs on a necklace of contrasting blues, greens and whites.
Brilliant royal blue lapis cylinders (15.8 mm x 11 mm) alternate with apple green Burma jadeite cylinders (10.7 mm x 13 mm), natural, cultured white freshwater button shaped pearls (8.6 mm), natural, carved lapis beads (10.3 mm) and vintage (now rare) 18 ct gold melon beads (13.4 mm), made in Afghanistan. The Afghani have been crafting gold for centuries. When Alexander the Great came to Afghanistan in 330 B.C. his people brought many skills, one of which was working in gold. Like the Romans, centuries later, a yellow, 18 ct gold was used. But one of their techniques was to take sheet gold and work it onto hardened resin and then decorate it accordingly. For me, this handiwork and the yellow gold colour give the necklace warmth and character and complements the gems.
The clasp is a 14carat gold toggle clasp. I prefer using toggle clasps because they are easy to use and quite secure.
The necklace comes, like all my necklaces, with it's own colour co-ordinated silk brocaded pouch bag, made by a Shanghai tailor.
The necklace is 17 inches long with a 1inch pendant drop.
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