Gold-in-quartz was formed while the earth was still in its molten state. During the cooling and solidification process, veins of gold became trapped with the crystals of quartz in the mine. This created a very dramatic contrast between the white quartz and the yellow of the gold. Jewelry made from gold quartz became quite a fashion statement of the 1880's. During the Gold Rush era in the American West, most of the gold quartz was mined in California around the San Francisco area.
This beautiful and unusual gold quartz locket from the Victorian (ca1880) era is absolutely fabulous! Made of 18kt yellow gold, the locket is rectangular in shape, and has a stunning gold quartz surface on the front of the piece. The gold quartz is especially beautiful and displays a range of colors including white, grey, brown, and gold. In the center of the piece is a diamond shaped gold outline, surrounded by the five pieces of inlaid gold quartz. The back of the locket has a smooth 18kt yellow gold surface and the top of the locket is attached to a gold ring, allowing it to be hung from a chain. At the side of the locket is a small clasp, which opens to reveal space inside to store a favorite photograph. This beautiful piece has a simply wonderful look that is both fashionable and timeless!
Measurements: The locket hangs 1 3/8" long, is approximately 6/8" wide, and 1/4" thick.
Condition: The overall condition of the locket is excellent. Besides normal surface wear, there is no apparent damage to the gold setting or to the gold quartz and the locket opens easily and closes securely.