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Victorian Lapis Lazuli Spinner Locket


Lapis lazuli has been mined since 4000 BC and has been prized the world over not only as a decorative stone, but also for the ultramarine dyes and paints made from ground and powdered lapis. King Tut's sarcophagus was heavily lined with lapis lazuli, Michelangelo favored the blue paint made from its powder, and Catherine the Great had an entire room in her palace adorned with lapis doors, fireplaces, and picture frames. This Victorian spinner locket is modeled in gold with a lapis slab on one side and a locket on the other.


  • Materials

    14k gold (tests), 1.3cm round lapis slab, glass, new 14k gold chain

  • Age

    c. 1880

  • Condition

    Very good

  • Size

    1 1/4" 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.

RelatedHistory Lesson

Lockets:Magical, Medicinal, Memorial.

It’s hard to pinpoint when modern-day lockets were invented, but it’s believed that they evolved from ancient amulets.