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Victorian Malachite Heart Locket


The first known use of malachite, a green copper carbonate hydroxide mineral, dates to Ancient Egypt where it was mined to produce copper. Malachite is also one of the oldest known pigments - green paint made from the ground gemstone can be found decorating the millennia old tombs of Egyptian pharaohs as well as European oil paintings made as recently as the 17th century. This c. 1880 locket was probably made in Scotland and features a lovely heart-shaped slab of malachite.


  • Materials

    14k gold (tests), malachite, new 14k gold chain

  • Age

    c. 1880

  • Condition

    Very good

  • Size

    3/4" length including the bale, 7/16" at the widest point, 16" 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.