Victorian Bi Gold GILT House Scenic Landscape Locket Pendant
Very good condition. Fresh looking, wear is noticeable on close inspection.
* Setting has a bright patina with minor surface wear, some darkening as well as fading at the back.
* A few shallow and small dents to the back of the locket.
* Raised details are all in place without any missing.
* Interior has both original photo frames and one glass insert.
* Locket snaps shut securely.
* Bale is secure and original.
Length 2" including bale
Width 1 1/8"
Mark No mark
Weight 15 grams
Material Alloy (does not test for silver or gold content)
Made by hand or in small groups of similar styles, vintage jewelry is individualistic with its own special history.
* Bi-gold finish and raised elements gives the locket a detailed and dimensional look.
* Scenic landscape, perhaps depicting the original owner's home is uncommon.
* Thicker rather than thinner, this locket has a nice sized cache for photos and a slim memento.
On Figurals. Figural jewelry includes any piece that has been shaped into an animal, person, object, or detailed "day in the life" scene. Antique and vintage figural jewelry is often quite charming and collectible for the realistic or cutesy details. Specific objects or animals became popular and prolific in jewelry during certain time periods, Scotty dogs during the 1940's for example, or swallow birds during the Victorian era. Figural jewelry is special for its detail and realism but also tells the story of the decade they were made in.
On Victorian. A young Queen Victoria assumed her role in 1837 and her taste in jewelry quickly became culturally influential, within England and beyond. Her relationship to jewelry was enmeshed with her husband, Prince Albert, who gifted the Queen for their engagement, a snake ring, embedded with an emerald (her birthstone) in its head. Continuing from the Georgian era and intensified by Queen Victoria's taste, sentimental and figural jewelry was a major trend throughout the Victorian era. When certain ideas and words were deemed too forward or improper to be spoken, jewelry and symbolic meaning was used to communicate what was left unsaid.