Eighteen-carat gold and blue enamel collar with locket, circa 1840


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I’ve never seen anything quite like this stunning antique enamel collar and locket. It was probably made in Switzerland in the early 19th century.

It is composed of a series of elaborate and vibrant blue enamelled 18-carat yellow gold panels joined by foxtail link chains top and bottom, with a sturdy clasp contained in three joined panels at the back.

The locket is exactly matched for colour to the necklace but I do wonder if it started life there, as its floral motif is not echoed in the more classically inspired panels.

It does look lovely there now but could be removed to wear on another chain either at the same time or on another occasion. It retains its original glass.

The enamel is in very good condition, with the exception of the back of the locket (not visible when worn), a few light scratches to the locket front, and some unevenness in finish to a few of the links at the back – all not easily seen.

This is a true collar, measuring 13 1/4 inches (34cm), and will only fit a fairly slender neck.

The panels and locket are exquisitely engraved, providing a rich counterpoint to the glowing lapis lazuli-like blue of the enamel.


• Handmade in 18-carat yellow gold with blue enamel
• Collar approximately 13 1/4 inches (34cm) long, 1.5cm (nearly 3/4 inch) wide
• Locket approximately 2.3cm (just under 1 inch) long, 1.5cm (just over 1/2 inch) wide
• Weight is 22.3 grams
• In very good antique condition – there is slight enamel loss at the bottom of the reverse side of the locket
• Will come in a Karen Deakin gift box (my antique boxes are not for sale)
• Note: some of the other jewellery is for sale separately (some has sold) – please get in touch if you’d like information about any of it

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