French Etruscan Revival Sapphire Diamond Locket 18k Gold

In the early 1800s, a tomb was uncovered outside of Rome. It held mysterious gold jewelry of delicate design, with gold beads and twisted wires. These were tombs of an old Etruscan civilization. At the same time, Pompeii was being excavated, a city conquered by the Etruscans long before the Romans took over. These events caused a shift in jewelry design, called the Etruscan Revival, which took place beginning around 1860. A jeweler named Fortunato Pio Castellani claimed to have the knowledge on how to accurately craft jewelry in the careful delicate and detailed way the Etruscans once had. He created replicas of jewels found in these various excavation sites and he did a beautiful job. The techniques of crafting matte and shiny surfaces came back into style, the ways of crafting depth and relief were managed with corded wire. Castellani’s ideas flowed through Europe, all the way to France. Granulation, perfected by the ancient Etruscans, and wondered at due to its complexity and beauty, was now back and taking over all of Europe. An example of this can be seen in this intricate locket with its intricate swirling beadwork.

Hand crafted in France in about 1880, this wonderful gold locket has a fabulous weight and feel. This beautiful locket is set with a row of alternating sapphires and diamonds; two rose cut diamonds and three full cut bright blue sapphires. The locket is a fabulous size, measuring 49.8 mm from top to bottom and 27.3 mm across, and it weighs 12.4 grams. This 18 karat gold locket is marked with French hallmarks, including the eagle’s head mark which identifies its gold content. Inside are two frames with glass covers.

This special locket comes with a little bit of luxury and a lot of charm.

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ITEM ID: LT1019040V



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