The lily of the valley, sometimes known as the "ladder to heaven," is often seen adorning mourning jewelry from the Victorian period. This subtle and utterly lovely gold locket features an artfully enameled lily of the valley with a bird holding a letter in its beak on one side and a simple garter design on the reverse. Both sides of the locket have a delicate, pebbled texture giving an overall matte finish effect. Hangs from an ornamental navette-shaped bale.
14k gold with black enamel
1 7/8" x 7/8"
1837 — 1901
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It’s hard to pinpoint when modern-day lockets were invented, but it’s believed that they evolved from ancient amulets.
Floriography allowed the Victorians to communicate their desires without saying anything at all.