Victorian Sterling Mixed Metals Flower Locket + Book Chain Necklace
A beautiful mixed metals necklace from the Victorian (ca1880) era! This striking piece is comprised of a lovely mixed metals locket which hangs from a complimentary book chain. The chain and locket are both crafted in sterling silver with colorful applied gold mixed metals accents and carry a feminine floral motif. The oval-shaped locket, which is particularly large in size, displays a blooming rose gold flower at the center, finished with large green gold leaves lining its stem. Engraved details provide texture to the design, and a scalloped rose gold border surrounds the central image. Finishing the stunning design is a delicate beadwork pattern which lines the outer edge. When opened, the interior of the locket reveals two open spaces, perfect for storing special photographs inside. The piece hangs from a fluted sterling bail at the top and attaches to a large spring ring clasp at the center of the complimentary book chain. Forming the chain is a row of decorative sterling silver links, which are oval in shape and display a subtle textured surface. Each link has an alternating design with yellow and rose gold flowers at the center, framed by hand etched stems and leaves at the sides. The floral links attach to each other at sterling loop connectors and the chain fastens at the large spring clasp. A lovely example of Victorian artistry, this exceptional locket and book chain duo would make a special keepsake addition to any collection!
Measurements: The locket hangs approximately 2 1/4" long, including the bail. The oval locket itself measures 1 3/4" tall, 1 3/8" wide, and 1/4" thick. The book chain measures 17.5" in total length and is 5/8" wide and 1/8" thick.
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 gold mixed metals details. The large spring clasp is secure and in good working order and the locket opens easily and snaps securely shut. Inside the locket are several hand etched marks, which are not noticeable when the piece is worn, or if photos are kept inside. There is a natural patina on the surface of the silver, which is a normal characteristic of antique jewelry. However, it can be polished if a brighter look is desired.