Edwardian Ivy Leaf Gold Locket
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With the advent of photography and the plethora of personal images, lockets of all sorts rose in popularity. Often the repository of one or even two photographs, these keepsakes ran the gamut from the simplest to the highly decorated.
Here ivy is used symbolically and aesthetically; its clinging vines bind and wrap and have long been associated with fidelity and friendship. A most striking effect is the vivid use of deep turquoise blue enamel on the surface of the 15k gold locket. On the cover five ivy leaves gracefully arch over a background of hand engraving - one of the jeweler's arts that flourished in the mid and later part of the 19th century. On the sides and back are patterns of engraving vary from a pure line of geometry to the floral and patterned back.
Inside are two compartments: one covered with glass, the other lost and now covered with plastic. Black paper backs each section (removable). The oval measures 1-11/16 inches long with top two "O" fittings by 1-3/16 inches by 1/4 of an inch deep (4.3 cm and 3.4 cm for the oval by 2.9 cm wide by 0.6 cm thick). In very good to excellent condition with a few minor chips to the inside glass; one glass cover and its gold fitting missing; a few scratches to the gold; one tiny area of darkened gold on the reverse, otherwise fine. Circa 1900.