Edwardian Rolled Gold And Paste Double Sided Glass Locket
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This beautiful necklace features an unusual Edwardian rolled gold photo locket with three diamond paste claw set stones suspended at base of frame making it slightly more unusual than the standard locket frame. The locket is on a gold fill chain and dates back to the 1900's and is a gorgeous treasure. It currently has an image in it which can be carefully removed by gently unscrewing the top.
The Edwardian era also known as 'La Belle Epoque' was a time of frivolity and wealth for the Upper Classes mainly because of the fun loving and 'playboy' King Edward VII. Jeweller's responded to these flamboyant times with beautiful delicate jewellery often featuring circle, floral and bow motifs associated with Art Nouveau.
Paste is hand-cut glass that has been polished with metal powder until it shimmers like a gemstone. Paste jewellery became hugely popular in the Georgian era as a cheaper alternative to diamonds
Container jewellery to house tokens and special items have been around since Egyptian times and the first “lockets” held medicinal herbs, religious relics, prayers or perfumes. Elizabeth 1 is thought to have owned one of the first sentimental lockets which was a ring depicting tiny portraits of both herself and her mother Anne Boleyn. Before the invention of photography locks of hair were often put in lockets to remind you of loved ones. The popularity of lockets as a keepsake grew with the widespread use of photography and endures today.
The locket measures 3cm x 3cm including bale and the chain measures 72cm with a 5cm extension..
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This unique piece of jewellery may have signs of wear due to it's history. It is beautifully imperfect and should be treated with love and care.