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Large Georgian Engraved Locket

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90-1-10261

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ABOUT THIS NECKLACE

Ornately designed and hand-engraved this quintessential example of Georgian keepsakes measures 2 1/8 inches from the top of the loop by 1 3/16 inches across. The locket compartment currently houses a daguerreotype portrait of someone's long lost ancestor. Typical of the time this locket is crafted in gold overlay and fully hand-engraved and is in very good overall condition for a jewel dating over 175 years old, with a small bit of wear through the gold on the center near the plaque for an initial.

Details

Materials:
Gilded Metal
Length:
2 1/8 Inch
Width:
1 1/4 Inch
Depth:
3/16 Inch
Gram Weight:
19.2 Grams
Period:
Georgian

Georgian Jewelry

True antiques, Georgian jewels are the earliest pieces in our collection. Lovely foil-backed stones in mixed-metal settings were made to shine by candlelight over dinner and in the drawing rooms of their genteel wearers. Many pieces were made in memory of loved ones or as “memento mori”—literal reminders of mortality that Georgians saw as sophisticated, rather than morbid. While the delicacy of Georgian era settings has been replaced by more modern methods, the cuts and styles have continued to fascinate jewelry lovers.

Jewelry Care

As with anything of value, especially sentimental value, taking good care of your vintage and antique jewelry from Lang will enhance its beauty and extend its lifespan. We encourage you to have your jewelry checked and cleaned by us or by your trusted local jeweler every six months, to ensure that each piece is in good wearable condition with all gemstones in place. It’s not uncommon for stones to loosen over time, and it’s much easier to tighten a loose stone than to replace a lost one! As stated in our Repair Policy, we strongly recommend that you allow us to perform any repairs, since our jewelers are specialists in restoring vintage and antique jewelry.

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