This Victorian era locket was made in the “archaeological style,” that is, inspired by the jewelry found in the excavated ruins of ancient Etruscan cities. Ancient Etruscan jewelers excelled at creating depth and relief in gold using corded wire, filigree and granulation. During the mid-1800’s, when these treasures were unearthed, European jewelers were inspired to create replica jewels using the ancient techniques. This remarkable piece is decorated with filigree and granulation and finished with a gold fringe. The locket holds a portrait miniature of a stately older gentleman. Near pristine condition.
14k gold (tests), glass, portrait miniature
3" length including bale and fringe, 1 1/8" width
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1837 — 1901
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Antiques can be returned unworn and in original condition within 10 days of delivery for an exchange or refund minus the cost of shipping. Once a piece has been altered, including ring re-sizing, it is FINAL SALE.
It’s hard to pinpoint when modern-day lockets were invented, but it’s believed that they evolved from ancient amulets.