Victorian Enamel & Black Onyx Sentimental Locket
The locket was the most popular neckwear of the 1870s. High quality enamel work and the use of materials such as yellow gold and onyx were characteristic of this mid Victorian period and the sentimental jewelry worn by the upper class.
Alternating layers of black and gold create a very three-dimensional look for this oval shaped double locket. Thick medallions of black onyx have been fitted to both the top and reverse of a 14k yellow gold locket. The flat beveled edges of the onyx give the piece a very tactile and sensuous feel. Black enamel ornaments the sides and bale as streamlined curves of gold peek out giving just a tantalizing hint of the warm gold. The bale is set with a hinge-like mechanism enabling the locket to move easily back and forth. Opening from the bottom, the double-sided locket still retains all its original rims and glass covers.
Hallmarks: “Pat July 12 70” (for 1870).
Measurements: 1-15/16 inches (4.8 cm) in length including bale; the locket by itself 1-3/8 inches (3.5 cm) in length by 1 inch (2.6 cm) in width and just shy of ½ of an inch (1.2 cm) in depth. This antique locket has a weight of 14.5 grams (12.5 dwt).
Date & Origin: Circa 1870 and is American in origin.