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Georgian Round Engine Turned Vinaigrette Locket
ABOUT THIS NECKLACE
The city is full of all sorts of disagreeable scents, and discretely avoiding them can be a challenge. Enter the vinaigrette: an ingenuous invention created way back in the day when soap and deodorant were not yet on the scene, the pretty little containers held small sponges saturated with sweet-smelling perfumes and oils. When someone encountered an offending odor, she simply put the sponge to her nose to gain temporary relief. Even if you don't use this Georgian beauty for its original purpose, it makes a cool pendant, with its engine-turned texture and hand-engraved floral border. On the other hand, you might want to open it and insert a scented sponge--just in case. Hand fabricated in 15K (hence of British origin) and 18K gold, New 20-inch chain is 14K.