Antique Victorian 18K Gold Rock Crystal Enamel Blue Sapphire Cab Heart Locket Pendant
Dating to the mid 1800s (yes, I think it's that old although not quite Georgian), may I offer this stunning pendant, heart shaped, that is also a locket. This beautiful piece is fashioned from high carat gold and features, at the center, a heart shaped piece of rock crystal, the center of which has been set a blue sapphire cab in a gold bezel setting. Surrounding the crystal is a border of dark blue enamel with gold floral appliques. The original bale is present and it too has the same blue enamel/floral design to the front. The bale is not soldered shut - rather it is a fold over that would have been placed on a piece of velvet ribbon rather than a chain; however, I can see that the piece has been on a chain at some time as there is a bit of wear in the gold on the underside where the locket moved freely back and forth along the chain.
The locket currently holds a photo of an Edwardian lady which I believe was placed in the locket during the early 1900s. The locket CAN be opened but it will take a jeweler to do the deed. The back looks to be "pressure locked" by means of the 4 small button dots that protrude upward from the sides of the top frame.
Condition: Perfect! There is a touch of "fading out" where the blue enamel drops down the bale - I think this was left as it shows because of the movement the bottom section would have when worn. However, if sheer perfection is desired, I can give the new owner of my enamelist - she is wizard at replacing enamel and putting a clear coat over areas that see a fair amount of use.
Metal Content: 18K Gold
Hallmarks: None that I can spot. Metal was very gently acid tested for content.
Size: From top of bale to bottom measures about 1-5/16"; width is about 3/4". Height of the piece from flat back to top of sapphire measures 1/2".
Weight: 11 grams approx.
Final Comments: Magnificent!
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Antique Victorian 18K Gold Rock Crystal Sapphire Blue Enamel Heart Locket Pendant