Turquoise is one of the most ancient gemstones used in jewelry. It was prized by the Aztecs, Ancient Egyptians, and Native Americans for its perceived talismanic properties as well as its vibrant blue color. Queen Victoria was a lover of the gemstone and its said that she gave a portrait ring encircled by turquoise cabochons to each of her ladies in waiting upon her marriage to Prince Albert. Royalty in general (and the Queen in particular) set the trends in the 19th century, so if Victoria was seen to be wearing and gifting jewelry featuring turquoise, those in society who could afford to emulate her tastes did so. Pavé turquoise was especially popular in the mid to late Victorian period and can be seen adorning every kind of jewelry from stick pins to elaborate snake necklaces. This c. 1880 heart locket is fashioned in silver with a face studded in turquoise. The reverse side features a glass-fronted locket.
sterling silver, turquoise cabochons
1 1/2" length including the bale, 5/8" width, 20" chain adjustable to 18" or 16"
1837 — 1901
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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.
A turquoise given by a loving hand carries with it happiness and good fortune. -Arabic proverb
It’s hard to pinpoint when modern-day lockets were invented, but it’s believed that they evolved from ancient amulets.
The double-clefted heart icon was born in the Middle Ages.