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Victorian Aesthetic Movement 18kt. Gold Memorial Locket - Circa 1885
This memorial locket is fabulous with it's Japanese inspired design, mixed metal work and gold textures. Both the locket and it's upper triangular decoration are not high polished gold but have a soft matte finish surface with green gold, silver and either rose gold or copper delicately applied design. The smaller oval connector rings are also matte finished with the larger oval links having a grooved or ribbed like texture. The locket has a beaded outer rim on the front half and grooved/ribbed textured tubular side decorations. The left side tube is actually the hinge with the right side matching for design purposes as well as being a good spot for thumb pressure. The backside of the locket is a beveled, high polished piece of what appears to be rock crystal.
The gold is in excellent plus condition with no rips, dents, holes, cracks, deep scratches, abrasions or repairs. You do see as expected the common minute faint surface scuffing that is found on antique and vintage jewelry (see any photo). The locket closes extremely tight and definitely stays closed. The chain has a replacement spring ring closure of 14kt. gold. This never bothers us as it is a common occurrence in antique jewelry. All of the applied metal work is there, is original and without repair. The locket's bale will slide off of the large oval ring it is attached to. This will enable you to hang something else if your other piece has some form of a slip on connector. The crystal backside is in excellent plus condition which is unexpected considering the age of the piece. It was evidently well taken care of during it's life. It has no chips, nicks, cracks, nasty scratches/abrasions or repairs. It you inspect with a 10 power loupe you can find a couple very minute flea bites to the bevel rims or a minute hint of a surface scratch.
The chain measures just a hair under 18 1/2" long and the locket (not counting bale) is 1 5/8" tall x 1 3/16" wide. The entire necklace with the crystal weighs a total of 51 grams. The piece has no gold content marks as can be common to the time period. The replacement spring ring does contain a 14k mark. Rich has acid tested and will guarantee a minimum of 18kt. gold for all other parts. The applied mixed metal work would be green gold and silver both used during this time period. The rose colored metal would be either rose gold or copper both being used during this time frame. To enable us to guarantee the form of all three applied metals Rich would have to take a rubbing which could damage the delicate pieces. We do not want to do this as it's applied design is so perfectly intact. Our last photo is of a pair of earrings we currently have listed, Item 727, that I think go extremely well with the locket making a nice set.
The Aesthetic Movement or Period as it can be called is considered to have originated in England in the 1860's and ran till approx. 1900. It was seen in basically all forms of life - art, literature, furniture, etc. and in our example jewelry. It contained a prominent use of motifs from nature, IE: flowers, leaves, birds, insects, water scenes with lily pads and cat tails and even peacock feathers. Japanese design was an important influence to the period including it's mixed metal art form containing combinations of gold, silver and copper.
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Gender: Female, Age Group: Adult, Color: gold, Size: L
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