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Victorian Pendant Locket

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90-1-10394

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ABOUT THIS NECKLACE

A sizeable (1 and 1/2 by 1 inch) double-sided puffed oval locket, most likely hailing from Victorian England. Both sides are ornately hand engraved with the front strikingly adorned with black enamel tracery (aka *Taille d'epargné). The inside reveals twin locket compartments.

*Taille d'epargné, sometimes referred to as black enamel tracery, translates from the French literally as "saving cut." It is a variation of champlevé whereby engraved lines forming a design are incised into the metal and are filled with opaque enamel- usually black - like basse taille enameling but without the subtle depth variations. This technique was often used to decorate bracelets, watch cases, chatelaines and mourning jewelry.

Details

Materials:
12 Karat Yellow Gold, 14 Karat Yellow Gold
Length:
1 3/4 Inch with bale
Width:
1 inch
Depth:
3/8 Inch
Chain Length:
18 inches
Gram Weight:
15.6 Grams
Period:
Victorian

About Victorian Jewelry

The eclectic Victorians didn’t limit themselves when it came to motifs and themes—if it struck their fancy, they turned it into jewelry. Sweet and sentimental with a distinct romantic streak, Victorian gems expanded upon their Georgian predecessors. The array of styles that blossomed (sometimes quite literally) during this era endure to this day.

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