The Order of the Garter, founded by Edward III in 1348, is the oldest British Order of Chivalry. The Order consists of 25 members (the King and twenty-four knights), and honors those who have either held public office or served the country in some significant way. Their insignia is the garter, and owing to its link with this honorable crew, the motif was associated with loyalty, fidelity, and protection throughout the Victorian era.
14k yellow gold, blue enamel, seed pearls, rose cut diamonds.
Very good - four pearls are replacements.
2 1/8" long including the bail, 1 1/4" wide.
1837 — 1901
It’s hard to pinpoint when modern-day lockets were invented, but it’s believed that they evolved from ancient amulets.