This is a stunning Victorian Bohemian garnet locket from the later 1800's that can be worn as a pendant or a brooch when the bale is removed. The locket measures 1 3/4" in length, 2" including the bale and 1 1/4" in width. It has a rise of 1/2". The front is encrusted with rose cut garnets of various sizes, layered to give it a high rise. There is one near the top that has a tiny ding, which is only noticeable upon close inspection. The remainder of the garnets appear to be in excellent condition.
The locket on the back side measures 1" x 3/4" and is accessible once the pin clasp is open. The glass is hinged and lifts up from the bottom. The glass is set in a bezel frame and is tight. There is a slight snap when closed to insure it will not open accidentally.
The bale is removable from the top so it can be worn as a brooch. It has a funny c style clasp that seems to work well and though the locket is not marked in any way, I believe it to be 800 silver which was common for this time period.
All in all the locket/pendant is in very nice condition. It is quite an unusual item as you seldom see these garnet pendants fashioned into lockets. It can easily be worn on a chain or a ribbon. The total weight of the pendant is 13 grams or .45 ounces.
Victorian Bohemian Garnet Locket/Pendant/Brooch