Antique Victorian 14K Gold & .65CT Diamond Locket Pin/Pendant - Etruscan Style
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ITEM: I don't think I have EVER found such a beautiful Victorian locket as the lovely I now present. Oh, it's not the fact that there is a honking big old mine cut diamond front and center, no, it goes beyond that. Look at the design itself, the care taken in its manufacture, just the sheer beauty of the piece! It goes far beyond just an Etruscan style - it has actually been made with a lot of love! And not only is it a pin/brooch, it could also be a pendant denoted by the long hook at the back.
With a floral motif at the top hiding the hook, the design is all openwork and floral. At the bottom, as a counterfoil to the diamond, is a single pearl drop - a tear so to speak as this memorial locket probably held a personal memento at the back - perhaps the pin acted as a mourning piece. The pinstem on the reverse of the piece is held in place by a c catch. Lift the pin and the locket back (with original glass) is easily removed to show (what I believe to be) the original inside fabric.
CONDITION: Excellent with no problems I can spot. Judging by the lengthy hook, I believe this piece was once attached to a gold chain, the hook going over a very thick jump ring drop. In this manner, the pendant would never separate from the necklace.
METAL CONTENT: 14K Gold
HALLMARKS: 585 at the bottom back of the locket
SIZE: From top of shell to bottom of pearl drop measures 2"; width is about 1-1/8". Image size at the back is 5/8" x 13/16".
DIAMOND: Professionally graded stone although I have no papers. The diamond is an old mine cut with a size of 5.85mm x 6.15mm x 3.0 mm (65 points); (note: Stone has been graded in the setting so size is approximate). Clarity is SI-1, color is H-I, fluorescence is medium.
WEIGHT: 10.2 grams
FINAL COMMENTS: In this day and age, definitely ONE OF A KIND! (Chain is for display purposes only.)
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