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Late 19th Century French Almond Locket


This strange and special gold locket/case is fashioned in the shape of a stylized almond. You might ask, why was this made? We've never seen a locket quite like it before, so the answer is: we don't know. Almonds are vaguely associated with fertility thanks to the Greek myth in which the daughter of a river god became pregnant when an almond fell into her lap, but that is an unlikely explanation for why this weird and wonderful novelty came into being. French hallmarks.


  • Materials

    18k gold locket (tests and hallmarked), new 14k gold chain

  • Age

    c. 1880

  • Condition

    Excellent - French hallmark

  • Size

    1 1/4" length including the bale, 1/2" diameter, 18" chain





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.