45006274 Beryl Lane - Antique Victorian c1870 Pietra Dura Etruscan Revival Locket Pendant
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Antique Victorian c1870 Pietra Dura Etruscan Revival Locket Pendant

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A beautiful antique locket pendant from the Victorian era, c1870! Made of 15ct gold, the color and texture is a wonderful buttery yellow - a beautiful soft glow which is lush and charming to the eye. This divine locket features a Pietra Dura panel to the front. Minute natural stone bits are masterly ...Read more
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A beautiful antique locket pendant from the Victorian era, c1870! Made of 15ct gold, the color and texture is a wonderful buttery yellow - a beautiful soft glow which is lush and charming to the eye. This divine locket features a Pietra Dura panel to the front. Minute natural stone bits are masterly hand fitted together like a puzzle to form the white dove bird in flight, and a black marble background creates a wonderful contrast to the scene. Framing the Pietra Dura is a delicate Etruscan Revival- esque embellishment, combining granulation and wire work to form an ornate filigree design. Opening the locket reveals two perfectly kept photos of a handsome older couple, supposedly a husband and wife, and likely to have been the the original lady owner. The photos sit behind glass frame inserts which are all intact. A sturdy ridged bail attaches to the top. The locket has a 'velvety' feel, as well as a nice heft, indicative of the sublime construction.

A beautiful Victorian locket which will blend gracefully with modern day fashion.

Victorian, c1870
XRF test indicates 15ct gold
natural hardstone - chalcedony (agates etc), and likely black marble
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17.32 grams
2" inches total drop including bail
The overall condition of the locket is excellent. Besides normal surface wear, and a few minuscule dings there is no apparent damage to the locket case, hinge, photos or inserts. A couple of the tiny granules to the filigree are somewhat bent, and one appears to be missing, albeit only seen under closer magnification, and when viewed at certain angles. Whilst all intact, the hardstone may have had a tiny repair at some stage, although does not impede on the overall aesthetics in any way. A wonderful Victorian piece!
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