During the nineteenth century jewelry designers (and all the other sorts of designers, for that matter) were obsessed with historical revival styles. Classical, Gothic, Renaissance, Egyptian, you name it, the Victorians revived it. While we love finding these revival jewels , the victorians did have a trick, or two, all their own. The original set became followers of what came to be called the Aesthetic Movement, which celebrated ‘art for art’s sake,’ separate of any historic motifs or meanings.
Those inclined towards the Aesthetic aesthetic were enamored, and Western takes on Japanese art appeared on everything from teapots to jewelry during this time. Many striking aesthetic-style jewels were fabricated in silver, and feature japanesque motifs like fans, flowers, bamboo, leaves, and birds engraved on bold, geometric silver pieces.
This gorgeous locket serves as an example of the late art nouveau, and the earlier chain, a beautiful example of archaeological revival in the fashion of aesthetic movement! With extremely rare star patterns, and classic boule edges. Together, they make a delicious combo for any look that allows you to leave as is or play around with the pieces individually.
Materials and Features: sterling silver
Age/Origin: Victorian chain, vintage locket
Measurements: 16" chain, 1.5" locket, locket hangs at 21" length
Condition: Excellent condition. Minor age wear associated.
Please view and inspect any photos closely. We endeavor to fully disclose all condition information clearly and concisely, however, please note that what qualifies as excellent condition for historical jewelry differs from modern and contemporary pieces; please take the age of the piece into account when examining the piece. Minor age wear is typical and to be expected for antique and vintage jewelry. Unless otherwise stated, gemstones have not been officially graded for color, clarity, or treatment by GIA; any information provided is our own educated, professional assessment.