Victorian Gold Gilt Berry Fruit Paste Glass Locket Pendant
Would love to know specifically, the sweet berry that this antique locket depicts, as the rendering is so carefully done and detailed in dimensional relief. This Victorian piece has a golden patina, with a slightly puffy shape, allowing a slim memento to be held inside safely as it closes securely with a firm "snap".
Condition Guide Very good. This piece is fresh looking and must have been tucked away and well taken care of, the signs of wear are noticeable only on close inspection.
* Gold setting has a bright patina with some surface wear and irregularity to the finish at the back of the locket.
* Locket has a full shape without any dents or misshapen spots.
* No original photo frames or plastic/glass inserts.
* Locket snaps shut securely.
* Glass has a high sheen without any chipping and very little surface wear.
* No other irregularities to the setting or signs of solder or repair and the piece has a firm shape.
Length 1 1/4" excluding bale
Mark No mark
Clasp Secure, snaps shut nicely, bale and bale loop look original and are secure.
Weight 11 grams
Material Alloy (does not test for silver/gold content), glass
Collector Note On Symbolism In Jewelry. Symbolism in antique and vintage jewelry is common, yet it can be hard to spot if you don't know what you're looking for. Often, specific natural gemstones, flowers, birds, and motifs like stars and anchors were imbued with meanings that have fallen out of present-day society's collective memory. To appreciate the power of symbols in antique jewelry is to imagine what it would have been like to wear the piece and step back into history.
On Victorian. A young Queen Victorian 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.