Victorian Rose Gold Filled Sapphire Paste Four Leaf Clover Locket
Excellent condition. Fresh looking, soft wear is noticeable only on close inspection.
* Gold filled setting has a bright patina with minor surface wear to the exterior, some darkening and wear to the interior of the locket is noticeable.
* A few tiny and very shallow dimples at the back of the locket.
* Paste stones are gleaming with no chips or surface wear, faceting is crisp.
* Two original photo frames are in place with no plastic or glass inserts.
* Clasp is secure and snaps shut.
* Bale is secure and original.
Diameter 1" excluding bale
Mark No mark
Weight 5 grams
Material Tests for gold filled, glass
Made by hand or in small groups of similar styles, vintage jewelry is individualistic with its own special history.
* Clover design during the Victorian era symbolized faith, hope and charity while the fourth leaf was for good luck.
* Dark blue paste stones were made to simulate sapphire and contrast prettily with the rose gold finish.
* Subtle hammered finish at the front of the locket catches the light for a nice shimmer.
* Slim with an average sized silhouette this locket will lay flush when worn.
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.