Victorian 14kt Inlaid Gold Quartz Horseshoe Locket
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 14kt yellow gold, this equestrian-inspired locket has a unique horseshoe shape with an inlaid gold quartz surface. The gold quartz is especially beautiful, displaying a range of colors including white, grey, beige, and marbled flecks of metallic gold. The face of the locket is divided up into multiple gold quartz pieces, whose shapes fit together like a puzzle, separated by thin veins of gold to complete the design The back of the locket has a smooth 14kt yellow gold surface, and the top of the locket is attached to a gold ring, allowing it to be hung from a chain. The locket is hinged at the top and opens to reveal two round frames inside. This beautiful piece has a simply wonderful look that is both fashionable and timeless!
Measurements: The locket hangs 1 1/2" long, is approximately 1" wide, and 1/4" thick. The round frames inside the locket have a diameter of slightly more than 1/2".
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 inlaid gold quartz. The locket opens easily and closes securely, and the gold ring for hanging is intact and secure. One of the plastic frames has a small crack in it, but can be replaced if desired.