Lovely Victorian Wreath and Cross Mourning Locket with Black Enamel, Banded Agate and Pearls

And yet he is gone, and yet we remember. That’s the sentiment behind this most unusual and wonderful Victorian locket. A laurel wreath around a cross to symbolize the everlasting life of the soul and its commendation to God the Father. 

This wonderful mourning locket was beautifully hand crafted of 9 karat gold in England around 1870-1880. The front of the locket is done in black enamel with a laurel wreath motif set with 16 half spheres of banded agate, each one perfectly cut to showcase a band of white around the outside. The agates are graduated, the largest is 3 mm across and the smallest is 2 mm. In the center of the wreath is a pearl and agate set cross. In addition to the wonderful adornment of the front, this locket is fully engraved around the edges and all over the back. This would have been a perfect locket for the Victorian lady in mourning, she could have worn it with the black side toward the front during the period of deep mourning and then worn it with the gold side toward the front when her mourning period was through. The locket opens easily and closes securely and contains two glass ovals and frames inside, ready to hold two photos or locks of hair. The locket measures 54.5 mm long including the bale and 33 mm wide and is 11.5 mm thick, it weighs 20.8 grams. This locket is unmarked but has been acid tested as 9k gold, very common for Victorian English jewelry. One of the pearls on the cross is a replacement, it’s well color matched, but sits up just a bit higher than the others, all of the other stones and pearls seem original and well set. 

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Item ID:LTA17990VA



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