In 1850, around when this heart-shaped lock was made, if you loved someone you could lock them down - metaphorically. The lock as a symbol of fidelity and commitment (and not-quite ownership but let's be real, ownership) is softened by a heart shape. I love a double-duty jewel, and this one does multiple jobs: it acts as a clasp and a locket. A twist of hair is highlighted behind glass. Remember, before photography, artfully arranged hair was a popular gift exchanged between sweethearts.
18k gold chain (tests), 10k gold heart locket (tests) with glass lens and lock of hair
Very good - since the locket and chain test as different karats it's probably safe to assume that they were not originally together but date to the same period
7" chain, 3/4" x 3/8" locket
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.