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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 pieces today, some Victorians started to get sick of re-hashing old styles and longed for design that was fresh, new and original. These people 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 Aesthetic Movement characteristics, includes leaf etchings and two beautiful photo compartments, and features a rollo chain that measures 16" in length! Rolo chains feature round or oval links interlocked in a uniform pattern that are typically thicker in girth than a cable chain and usually flat on the inside. 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

Measurements: 16" chain, 1.5" locket, 14.8 grams

Condition: Excellent condition. Minor age wear associated. Engraving blank if desired. 

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.

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