Secret Locket: Diamond & Enamel Antique Pendant
A special present tied up with beautiful ribbons of cerulean blue…A Victorian pendant is comprised of three elements—a top bale, a middle body and a suspended drop. The surface is ornamented in a heavenly blue enamel basket weave pattern. At each enamel juncture is an old mine or cushion cut diamond.
The top is surmounted by a diamond encrusted ribbon that wraps around the bale. Three (3) diamonds are set in the bale; eight (8) in the ribbon surmount and nine (9) in the center oval. The old mine and cushion cut gems are beautifully and deeply cut. The center stone is approximately .33 carats and the total estimated diamond weight is over 1.25 carats. The pearl drop has six (6) rose cuts in the top cap. The pearl is possibly a replacement as it is a cultured pearl. The mount is gold topped silver and yellow gold.
The reverse has a locket back that can be opened by a jeweler. The compartment is now empty with a paper insert.
Condition: Very good; patina in crevices; possible replacement of pearl drop; original locket contents lost to time. Enamel and diamonds are in excellent condition.
Measurements: More than 1-5/8 inches (4.4 cm) in length by more than 5/8 of an inch (1.7 cm) at the widest. It has a weight of 6.8 grams.
Date: Circa 1880
Note: All diamond weights are approximate since the stones were not removed from their mounts to preserve the integrity of the setting.