Gold-bearing quartz, or gold quartz, is found in only a handful of places in the world. Discovered by gold miners in California in the 1850s and in Alaska in the 1880s, this previously unknown (and actually quite rare) stone was cut and set into jewelry worn by novelty-obsessed well-to-do Victorian men and women. This locket was likely worn at the end of a gentleman's watch fob.
14k rose and yellow gold, gold quartz slab, new 14k gold chain
1 1/4" length including the bale, 3/4" width, 18" chain
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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.