There is nothing more romantic than wearing a reminder of someone you love close to your heart. For centuries, the locket has been a lady’s favorite accessory to do just that.
Evolving from ancient amulets, European designs for lockets appear to date to the 16th century, when small pendants were worn to conceal good luck charms, small fabric squares soaked in perfume to ward off the poor smells on public thoroughfares, painted portraits, and even, on occasion, poison.
Lockets became a “must-have” fashion accessory during the Victorian era. Prince Albert gifted his beloved Victoria with a bracelet that had eight lockets, filled with a lock of hair from each of their eight children. Victorian ladies wore lockets on chains or velvet ribbons.
An exceptional large-scale locket from the 1860s, this geometrically constructed locket is all original and boasts a massive bail and all original interior locket compartment.
Materials and Features: pearl, rose-cut diamond, blue enamel, 18k gold
Age/Origin: English, Victorian, c. 1860s
Measurements:2.5" length, 26.9 grams
Condition: Excellent condition. Minor associated age wear.
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