Art Deco Sterling Guilloché Enamel Locket Necklace
Guilloché is an engraving technique in which a very precise, intricate pattern is mechanically etched into an underlying material with very fine detail. Most commonly, the Guilloché surface was then enameled and the repetitive, intricate design would show through the colorful enamel to the surface.
A magnificent Guilloché enamel necklace from the Art Deco (ca1920) era! This beautiful sterling silver necklace is comprised of a round enameled locket that hangs from a complimentary enamel link chain. The surface of the locket displays a rich, rosy pink colored enamel with a solid white border. Beneath the translucent enamel is an exquisite Guilloché pattern, which fans out from the center in wavy rows. When opened, the piece reveals a removable round frame to store a special photograph inside. An engine-turned design gives further depth to the interior of the piece, which is marked "STERLING R B CO 4857" inside. The locket hangs from its original matching enameled chain with a lorgnette style extension. The spring ring attachment at the center 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. A lovely and feminine piece, this wonderful necklace would make a special addition to any collection!
Measurements: The locket has a 1 1/8" diameter and measures 1/4" thick. The chain measures 22" long, and the locket hangs 4" long in the middle from its lorgnette extension.
Condition: The overall condition of the locket and chain is excellent. Besides normal surface wear, there is no apparent damage to the sterling setting or Guilloché enamel design, which is free of chips or scratches. The chain remains in good condition, with both spring ring clasps in proper working order. The locket hinge opens easily and fastens shut securely. There is a natural patina on the surface of the setting, which is normal for an antique piece. The interior appears to have been previously gilded, retaining its golden-toned hue.