A precious secret

Antique locket brooch & earrings in silver & gold, circa 1885

The late 19th century loved abundance: there could hardly be too few colours and shapes, decorations and ornaments. For beauty, in the eyes of contemporaries, consisted not least of offering variety to the eye. The present set of brooch and earrings is a wonderful testimony to this era. Applications of rose gold and green gold adorn the solid silver fronts. We see geometric shapes, flowers and leaves in a symmetrical design. Polished surfaces alternate with surfaces that appear rather matte due to engravings, creating a rich, varied impression of colours, shapes and light effects. It is the characteristic style of the Aesthetic Movement, as it was widespread in Britain in the late 19th century. The oval brooch can be used as a locket, typical of the period; on the back, a compartment with a glass lid can hold personal mementos. The earrings complete the set, making it a demi-parure typical of the period. We discovered it in London.

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We want you to be 100% satisfied! That’s why we examine, describe and photograph all our jewellery with the utmost care.

If for any reason you are still not satisfied, contact us and we will find a mutual solution immediately. Regardless, you can return any item within 30 days and we will refund you the full purchase price.