The Victorians had a whole secret language of symbolism, flowers, plants, colors, animals, objects like anchors and arrows and crescents all had their own meanings. The clover was one of those with a hidden meaning, it meant ‘think of me’, the perfect sentiment for a locket.
This sweet locket dates to the very end of the Victorian period, and is so wonderfully made. When closed the locket looks like a simply clover pendant with a pearl at its center, but slide it open and it reveals three heart shaped lockets hidden within. I believe the these lockets hold hair at the moment and probably have since its earliest days, but it could be transformed to hold something else. This locket was hand crafted in England around 1900, it’s inscribed to the reverse with two sets of initials in very different styles, likely they were done at different times. The monogram of ‘MOI’ and the initials ‘W.L’ are on the backs of two of the leaves and the third contains a date, ‘Feb: 16th 1904’, when the locket is open it reveals from the reverse a mark of ’15’ for 15 karat gold, of which it’s created. The locket measures 32.3 mm top to bottom and 27 mm across, it’s 7.8 mm thick. This wonderful locket is quite hefty and weighs 8.7 grams.
This unique locket-backed pendant has a lot of charm! It was hand crafted in the Georgian era of 18 karat gold and agate and is set with a lovely turquoise cross at the front. The reverse is a locket containing a small portrait under beveled glass. This wonderful heart shaped pendant measures 24.5 mm from top to bottom and 19.9 mm across, it’s 8.5 mm thick. This unusual piece was made in about 1830, probably in England, and weighs 4.6 grams.
Here’s a cheery little cherub to get you through your day! This lovely hand crafted French pendant was made in the 1940s, he’s a Raphael classic with his cheek rested on his wee hand. This heart shaped sweetie is marked with ‘750’ for 18 karat gold and has a French makers mark to boot. The pendant is 22 mm from top to bottom and 14.3 mm across, it weighs 2.1 grams.