Art Deco Sterling Enameled Pink Guilloché Flower Locket Necklace
Guilloché (usually "Guilloche" in English) is an engraving technique in which a very precise, intricate pattern is mechanically etched in an underlying material with very fine detail. Most commonly, the Guilloché surface is then enameled and the repetitive, intricate design shows through the colorful enamel.
A lovely Guilloché necklace from the Art Deco (ca1920) era! Crafted in sterling silver, the piece is comprised of an enameled locket that hangs from a lorgnette chain. The surface of the locket features a pearly white center surrounded by a pale pink border. A flower basket rests at the center, bursting with pink roses and green leaves. Floating overhead is a flowing purple ribbon tied into a bow. A dotted gold border surrounds the image, and additional blue flower and leaf garlands appear at the top and bottom. Beneath the enameled surface is an exquisite Guilloché design, which fans out from the center in curvy waves. Both sides of the locket bear a complimentary Guilloché motif. When opened, the locket's interior reveals two spaces to store special photographs. The original gilt finish is still preserved on the interior, and the stamp "37 M" can be found inside.
The locket hangs from a filigree chain with a lorgnette style extension. The spring ring attachment at the center of the drop allows the locket to be easily removed from the chain if desired, and a second spring ring clasp at the back fastens the chain together. Stamped on the back of the central filigree link is "STERLING." A lovely and feminine piece, this wonderful necklace would make a special keepsake addition to any collection!
Measurements: The chain measures 28" long, and the lorgnette extension at the center measures 4 1/2" long (including the spring ring clasp). The locket hangs 6 1/4" long from the drop extension. The locket itself measures 1 3/8" long, 1" 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 sterling silver setting. The enameled Guilloché design is in excellent condition and is free of chips or scratches. The locket opens easily and fastens securely shut. The bail and both spring ring clasps are secure and in good working condition. A natural patina rests on the surface of the silver setting, which is a normal characteristic of vintage and antique jewelry.