Art Nouveau FRENCH FIX Gold Filled Heart Locket with Shamrock
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AGE: C.1910 or so
ITEM: From France, here is a heart shaped locket pendant featuring a small Shamrock or 3-Leaf Clover to the top of the cover. With a bright yellow gold finish, the locket opens easily to reveal places for 2 photos or keepsakes. There is on central rim with the ORIGINAL bevelled glass within. While one photo would be "under glass" if another is inserted, it would have to be taped in with no protective covering when the locket was opened (sorry, I don't show this - I did not realize the glass piece moved left/right until I started doing this listing).
CONDITION: Very nice with perhaps a bit more of a light clean needed on the inside. Pearls are aged and appear more grey than cream.
METAL CONTENT: French Fix (kind of a French pinchbeck). This is a metal combination that has the look/appearance of 18K gold but has a rose gold underlay. If the yellow gold wears, the rose gold appears giving the pin the most unusual color combination. However, the yellow gold layer was usually so thick that this usually never happened. Some dealers argue that FIX is a gold filled material, others will say it's a high gold overlay over a secret formula base. Whatever anyone decides, it is what it is - a piece of jewelry that has already lasted for many, many years with no dark spots!
HALLMARKS: FIX on the jump ring with another French poincon on the bale.
SIZE: 3/4" x 3/4" NOT including the bale/jump ring. Depth is about 3/16".
WEIGHT: 4 grams
FINAL COMMENTS: All that's needed now is the right chain - mine is for display purposes only.
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