Large Victorian Engraved Diamond Set Locket
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An extra-large, Victorian era locket, modeled in high-color 14k yellow gold, whose face is set with a sparkling 1/3 carat white diamond. The locket is decorated, edge-to-edge, front and back, with ornate, hand-engraved plumes and curls. A plump, languid flower rests amid these swirling forms, at the center of the locket’s face, where the diamond marks its center. This is an especially lovely old locket— the hand engraving is deep, confident, and expressive. Its gestalt is minimal, making it is easy to wear, but its opulent details reveal themselves, quickly, with a second glance. This locket's large size makes it ideal for holding photos— it measures approx 1 3/4”, including the wonderful, decorative, triangular bail. Marked 14k for purity.
Total drop is approx 1 3/4" (approx 45 mm); locket measures approx 1 1/2" inches (approx 37 mm), not including the bail; diamond measures approx 4.1 mm; carat weight is approx .31 carats.
The diamond, here, is a transitional cut stone, that replaced the locket's original gem (we believe in the 1930s-1940s). It is a clean, bright, lively diamond, and the work was nicely done (long ago), so we have decided to leave it as it is.