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.
18k gold locket (tests and hallmarked), new 14k gold chain
Excellent - French hallmark
1 1/4" length including the bale, 1/2" diameter, 18" chain
1837 — 1901
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.
It’s hard to pinpoint when modern-day lockets were invented, but it’s believed that they evolved from ancient amulets.