Gold and Diamond Locket
c. 1860 – 1900
I’ve kind of been on a kick about the Top 10 Jewelry Pieces every woman should strive to have in her jewelry box lately and I just realized, I need to add an antique locket to the list. It doesn’t have to be fancy. Just a great place to keep a photo or two of someone important to you. But when you add a little sparkle? Well, then it becomes a showcase piece AND an every day piece at the same time!
What We Love About It:
Gold and Diamond Antique Locket
I love the simplicity of a single diamond at the center. Don’t get me wrong – I enjoy the more ornate lockets too (I’m not sure that I’ve ever run into a locket I didn’t like, now that I think about it). But sometimes the “busy” ones can seem a bit much for a run to Target. And call me a sentimental fool, but the idea of carrying a photo of someone I love that close to my heart just gives me all the feels.
Both the antique locket and its chain (original to the locket, I believe) are 14kt yellow gold (pictorial marking to the interior of the locket). The diamond at the front is a .12ct Old European Cut that has been graded as an H color and VS2 clarity. The cable chain is 22.5″ long with a spring ring clasp and the entire piece weighs 7.30dwt. There is a monogram engraved to the reverse. I’m not able to make out the letters, so it’s quite possible no one else will be able to either. 😉 The inside is able to accept two photos – one on each side and both sides have a plastic overlay still intact (they are most likely later additions). It measures just slightly over 1.5″ to the top of the bail and the locket itself is 1.25″ in diameter.
If you prefer a different length chain, I can accommodate that, but it may not be vintage (it all depends on what’s available at the time of your request). I have also not polished the locket (purists would want it in original condition) but I can have the jeweler do so at your request, as well.
Who would you have hanging around your neck, close to your heart?