Victorian Mourning Enamel Double Sided Gold Filled GF Locket Pendant
A Victorian mourning locket, special for its symbolic enamel designs, that are different on either side of the piece. A buckle motif, when used in mourning jewelry, signified memory and strength in holding a family together through grief. The flower at the back, is the forget-me-not which was a symbol of the wearer's love and remembrance for the deceased. The crisp and detailed enameling is all the more remarkable for the locket's petite and delicate size.
Condition: Excellent. This piece is fresh looking and was well taken care of, the minimal amounts of wear are noticeable only on close inspection.
* The gold setting has a bright patina without any dents and a modest amount of surface wear.
* The enameling is intact with dense and vibrant color that doesn't have any chipping and a minor amount of surface wear.
* There are no internal photo frames or plastic inserts.
* There are no irregularities to the setting or signs of solder or repair and the piece has a firm shape.
Length 7/8" including bale
Mark No mark
Clasp Secure, and original - locket snaps shut securely
Weight 3 grams
Material Gold filled (if the piece is not marked it is tested for silver content).
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 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.