Victorian Black Enamel Gold Locket Pearl Trumpet Lyre

Mourning jewelry has existed for centuries, it saw a rise in popularity during the 1800s, especially after Prince Albert, Queen Victoria’s beloved husband, passed in 1861. Mass production of these customized pieces took hold and even the working class had an opportunity to purchase a memorial token.

Mourning jewelry emerged long before photography existed, as a way to commemorate a loved one. To the Victorians, trumpets signified the day of judgement. They were interpreted as victory, as celebration. When surrounded by black enamel and topped with a pearl, it typically meant that the wearer was mourning the loss of a child. They were celebrating a life well-lived and years of shared love. I wouldn’t doubt, that at one time, there was a photograph or portrait miniature of the deceased inside this locket.

This antique Victorian black enameled and gold heart locket was handcrafted around 1870 in England. The front features a golden trumpet, surrounded by an array of golden flowers. A 2 mm diameter pearl decorates the instrument.  When opened, two frames are revealed, they’re lined in pretty pink fabric and ready to hold your favorite photographs! This piece measures 39 x 29 x 10.5 mm and weighs 10.7 grams. It has been acid tested as 15k gold.

This beautiful locket isn’t strictly for remembering lost loves, but for holding pictures of current ones! Such as your significant other, or your dog!

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Item ID: LTA20610VA




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