SOLD: Victorian yellow and rose gold locket with natural pearls, circa 1880


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American Etruscan Revival jewellery has a different appearance to its English counterparts.

Lockets often feature this modified shield shape, and the applied contrasting rose gold studs are a further strong geometric feature I’ve only seen in American pieces.

The filigree loops around the trefoil-shaped base. This motif is echoed in the pearl trefoil top.

It’s so good that the original top loop has survived. The back is deeply dished, perhaps to contain a locket of hair under a loved one’s picture.

This is quite large at 6cm – just over 2 1/4 inches – high.

While it would work well with many chains, or a velvet choker, I think it looks perfect paired with an American chain from the same period.


• Handmade in 14-carat yellow and rose golds
• Set with three natural pearls
• Approximately 6cm (more than 2 1/4 inches) long, 3cm (more than 1 inch) wide
• Weight is 20.2 grams
• In excellent antique condition
• Will come in a Karen Deakin gift box (the antique boxes are not for sale)
• Note: some of the other antique jewellery is for sale separately (some has sold) – please get in touch if you’d like information about any of it

Please examine the photographs carefully – they form part of the description.

I’d be very happy to send more information and images. Layaway available.

I accept returns if you’re not delighted with your purchase.

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