An antique French locket (hallmarked with the maker's name), filled with festive colored jewels! This exquisite locket includes fine gemstones which were hand selected to create a beautiful pendant, and the gemstones float freely inside, creating a kaleidoscope effect. It will never look the same way twice! The locket has double sided glass which is original to the piece, and an 18 carat gold filled frame. In the early 19th century, a young Parisian jeweler invented a process of applying a thick layer of 18kt or 14kt gold foil over brass to create jewelry that mimicked solid gold. The process was so good that the pieces done using this technique are often mistaken for solid gold. In addition, due to the thick layer of gold used, the pieces have withstood the test of time. I have had the good fortune to acquire several of these types of lockets, (a few I've kept for my personal collection!) and they hardly ever show signs of wear to the metal surface. Even the glass on this piece is in excellent condition, with no scratches. Please do be aware that it IS glass, and will break or crack if care is not taken. To make the piece wearable for this century, I've chosen to suspend it from an oxidized sterling silver rolo chain that has been accented with sumptuous gemstones, detailed below! Understated and elegant, the darkened silver is a beautiful contrast to the gold tone of the locket. This makes the perfect accessory for casual chic or dramatically elegant, dress it up or down, and wear a piece of history. Details: ~Antique French locket measures 32mm Hallmarked with company's name ~Chain measures 22"
~Sterling silver hand oxidized and polished rolo chain with a variety of exquisite gemstones all wire wrapped on 14kt gold filled wire
~Gemstones include: faceted garnet ovals, chrome diopside faceted rondelles, faceted ruby rondelles, and a faceted pink topaz and peridot rondelle.
~14kt gold fill lobster claw clasp
~Locket filled with garnets, chrome diopside, rubies, pink topaz and peridot.
Each of the lockets I carry in my shop have been selected for their originality, beauty and history, and I source them from some of my favorite antique dealers whom I trust. Similarly, the gemstones I source come from a couple of different reputable dealers, and they are of gem quality that will not disappoint. All antique pieces can also be done using 14kt or 18kt solid gold in the chains: please inquire for pricing. I've been creating artisan jewelry for over a decade, and have a particular passion for using antique and vintage pieces in my work.
Your locket will ship USPS mail with tracking in the US, and will be packaged in a signature 'Bijou Babe' gift box. Please contact me if you wish to add insurance. International clients, please contact me if you wish to add tracking or insurance to your package.