Victorian 15kt Diamond, Enamel Painted Portrait Locket
An absolutely gorgeous gold and enamel locket from the Victorian (ca1880) era! This wonderful piece is made of 15kt yellow gold and has a vividly stunning portrait displayed on its face. The portrait is painted, with a layer of clear enamel placed on top of it. The portrait is of a woman adorned with a feathered headdress, as well as a gold earring and necklace. The crown of the headdress is gold and holds three old Rose Cut diamonds. The gold earring holds a sparkling rose-cut diamond as well. The portrait is painted with vivid hues of red, yellow, green, blue, and purple and the painting is surrounded by a textured etched design, which borders the entire oval shaped piece. Black enamel tracery creates a lovely scrolled design within the border and the back of the locket is smooth gold with an etched scroll design in its center. A similar etched design can be found on the large complimentary bail. The locket opens to reveal two places for a photograph, each of which is covered in glass. The loop from which the bail hangs is stamped with what appears to be initials, please see images. It's a beautiful and unusual Victorian piece, which would make a wonderful addition to any collection!
Measurements: The locket hangs approximately 2" long, is slightly more than 1 1/8" wide and slightly more than 1/4" thick. The inside of the bail measures 1/2" long and slightly more than 1/4" wide.
Condition: The overall condition of the locket is excellent. Besides normal surface wear, there is no apparent damage to the gold or etched design. The painted portrait is in excellent condition and all of the diamonds are intact. It closes easily and securely.