Victorian Heart: Antique Rock Crystal Locket
It seems as though the “height” of locket wearing was during the Victorian & Edwardian eras. All shapes and manners of lockets ranging from solid onyx to delicate precious metal filigree were crafted. Perhaps the most engaging of all is one of rock crystal.
Known in antiquity as “ice of eternity” rock crystal has been used for ornamental purposes since the Mycenaean period. Here it has been cut into a heart shape and bound with yellow gold gilt borders to form a small in scale hinged locket that easily opens using the flick of a fingernail on the gilt catch. Perfect for capturing a fleeting glimpse out of the past.
Condition: Very good to excellent; some very minor surface wear to the rock crystal; an added later date "O" fitting.
Measurements: 15/16 of an inch (2.4 cm) in length without added “O” fitting and 1-1/8 inches (3 cm) with by 11/16 of an inch (1.8 cm) in width by 7/16 of an inch (1.2 cm) in depth. Weight of 5.2 grams
Date: Circa 1900