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Victorian Enamel & Pearl Pansy Heart Locket


This Victorian heart locket is modeled in gold with an enamel and pearl pansy on a textured ground. “Pansy” comes from the French pense meaning “to think”. Lovers of a hidden meaning, the five-petaled flower was frequently used in Victorian love token jewelry to express the sentiment “think of me”. The reverse side was damaged when we bought the locket and now has a visible gold patch. It’s not the most elegant repair, but it does make the locket secure and wearable.


  • Materials

    14k gold (marked), enamel, 1.8mm seed pearl, new 14k gold chain

  • Age

    c. 1880

  • Condition

    The front of the locket is in very good condition, the back was badly cracked when we bought it and has been patched. The patch is noticeable but the locket is now stable and wearable (and hey, it's on the back, right?).

  • Size

    3/4" length including the bale, 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.

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