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Georgian Topaz Heart Locket Ring

$2,800

This Georgian ring features a lovely earthy-peach hued topaz fashioned in the shape of a heart. Topaz is believed to derive its name from either the ancient Sanskrit word topas meaning "fire", or for the old Greek island of Topazios. The gemstone occurs in many places throughout the world, as well as in varied colors including yellow, pink, and colorless to name a few. This particular ring is made extraordinary by at tiny hinged locket panel at the back. It likely once held a small lock of hair but is now empty. This gemstone sits with a crimped gold collet with a foil-backed dished setting. This type of setting is a hallmark of Georgian jewelry: foil was set behind gem to add light and sparkle to the stone. It certainly does this job, but it means that you have to remove the ring before showering or washing your hands. It's possible that water can seep between the stone and the foil, oxidize, and darken.

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  • Materials

    18k gold (tests), 8.2mm x 7mm pear-shaped topaz, glass locket

  • Age

    c. 1800

  • Condition

    Very good - some visible discoloration to the foil backing

  • Size

    6.25, can be slightly resized; 9.5mm head, 1.4mm shank

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please note:Terms of Sale

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.

RelatedHistory Lesson

Lockets:Magical, Medicinal, Memorial.

It’s hard to pinpoint when modern-day lockets were invented, but it’s believed that they evolved from ancient amulets.