This is a lovely, Victorian sentimental piece. The piece is worked in 18 carat gold, unmarked but tested. It is fashioned in a type of bow design, and in the middle are five turquoise stones, fashioned I think, as a forget- me- not. Then there is a drop with another turquoise and lovely braided hair under glass. There is a cavity in the back of the locket which most likely held hair of another person, and it was probably a gift to a lady from her beloved, which featured the hair of both people. As is so often the case now, the hair in the back is gone. It is possible, in London anyway, to add the hair of your own beloved, and have a glass cut to cover it. I had that done once, few years back, for a client. At any rate, that would be a plus, as the locket is fine the way it is. It is one and 3/4 inches long, and one inch wide at the widest point. It weighs 4.1 grams. This is a lovely piece of history which I actually think is a bargain. It is strong and very wearable.
18 carat Turquoise locket with hair work, Victorian
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