Antique Lily of the Valley Diamond Locket in 14k Gold
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An antique locket, made in 14k yellow gold and decorated with a spirited Gibson girl, rendered here in repoussé. This young woman wears her hair long and wavy, her expression is playful (even challenging), and her diamond-set hat is embellished with a peacock's feather. Nodding lily of the valley frames the feminine figure, symbolizing a return to happiness. The locket's reverse is engraved with a monogram (LJL) in curling, ribbon-like script. This locket is complete with its original clear photo guard and ring.
Lily of the Valley is noted as meaning “return of happiness” in the Victorian language of flowers— five entries above it the listing for White Lilac, which means “youthful innocence,” and five below it, the listing for Wild Licorice which means, “I declare against you.” This fascinating list of floral significance was not only used to speak in code, but also as a kind of oracle— were you to pass a patch of lilies of the valley, chances were good that happiness would soon return to you!
c. 1900 - 1910
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