The oak is a common symbol of strength and endurance. Consider the mighty tree and the tiny acorn: even the greatest things come from tiny beginnings. Here, oak leaves decorate a 14k gold locket with a fancy bale. Made around 1870 with black enamel details and a pearl.
14k gold, black enamel, pearl.
Good. The lenses are long gone.
1 1.4" including the bale, 7/8" diameter.
1837 — 1901
It’s hard to pinpoint when modern-day lockets were invented, but it’s believed that they evolved from ancient amulets.