An absolutely exquisite onyx chain necklace from the Victorian (ca1880) era! This gorgeous piece has a beautiful and bold look and is an exceptional example of mourning jewelry. The chain consists of carved onyx links that connect to each other by simple oval shaped 15kt rose gold links. At the center of the necklace is a large oval shaped locket which has a beautifully decorated face. The wonderful, raised gold applique initials "AY" grace the front, each accented with soft, feminine flowers. The locket hangs from a complimentary gold bail which has fine beadwork and an enameled design and the back reveals a glass covered space to hold your favorite photograph. This beautiful piece is very special and unusual and would make a fabulous addition to any collection!
Measurements: The onyx chain measures approximately 19" long. The large locket hangs 2 3/4” long, is 1 1/2” at its widest point, and has a depth of 3/8".
Condition: The overall condition of the necklace is excellent. Besides normal surface wear, there is no serious damage to the gold setting or to the onyx locket and chain. The clasp and the locket back is secure and in good working condition.