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Georgian Round Engine Turned Vinaigrette Locket

SKU

90-1-12501

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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.

Details

Materials:
15 Karat Yellow Gold, 18 Karat Yellow Gold, 14 Karat Yellow Gold, 14 Karat Yellow Gold
Length:
1 1/2 Inch
Width:
1 Inch
Height:
3/16 Inch
Chain Length:
18 Inch
Gram Weight:
9.3 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 While the delicacy of Georgian era settings has been replaced by more modern methods, the cuts and styles have continued to fascinate jewelry lovers.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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