Shakudo is the use of mixed metal alloys and was originally used in Japanese armor and swords. Artisans would sometimes remove the Shakudo plaques from the armor and incorporate it into jewelry or art. It has become very collectible and quite unusual.
This marvelous mixed metals locket/pendant from the Victorian (ca1880) era is a wonderful example of the Shakudo art form! Made of sterling silver, the very unusual piece is round in shape and features two artistic and unique faces. One side displays a gorgeous mixed metals Shakudo design with a bird and flower motif. Delicate leaves, stems, and petals come to life in a lovely range of silver and yellow and rose gold accents. A single bird is perched at the very top of the piece, shown in a coppery rose gold color with delicate engraved detail. The opposite side of the locket has a pointed rock quartz crystal face, which is beautifully faceted with a 6-point star design. At the top of the piece is a unique bail, which unscrews and allows the locket to be opened from the top. The inside of the piece reveals a space for a favorite photograph, small picture, or flower to be stored inside, which shows through the faceted rock quartz crystal window like a kaleidoscope image. A wonderful and very attractive piece, it would look fantastic hung on a silver chain. This unique locket would be perfect for the Shakudo collector and would make a special addition to any jewelry collection!
Measurements: The locket hangs 1 1/4" long, has a diameter of 3/4", and measures approximately 5/8" at its thickest point.
Condition: The overall condition of the locket is excellent. Besides normal surface wear, there is no serious damage to the sterling silver setting or mixed metals Shakudo design. There is no serious damage or chips to the rock quartz crystal. The screw top bail is intact and in good working condition.
**Locket shown with Item #35079 Art Deco Sterling & Crystal Chain Necklace