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Victorian Archaeological Style Locket Brooch, Chester 1895

In the Victorian era, lockets were one of the most popular jewelry gifts. No wonder, these brooches and pendants with hidden compartments were extremely suitable for commemorating both joyful and sorrowful events and, above all, dear people. They were usually used to hold pictures of loved ones, as well as sentimentally charged locks of hair and the like. So ubiquitous were lockets of all shapes that in 1870 the magazine "London Society" published a humorous cartoon by Alfred Thomas under the appropriate title "The Locketomanic". We see here a fashionably dressed lady wearing and adorning herself with more than thirty different lockets on every part of her clothing. This small drawing illustrates how popular these pieces of jewelry were in Queen Victoria's era and how much they were loved to be worn. The unusual locket here, which according to the hallmark was assayed in the city of Chester in 1895, dates from phase of the locket craze. The typical collar brooch is elongatedly designed and richly decorated with granulations and cord piercings. It is made of 15-karat gold and additionally partially fine-gilded to obtain a particularly warm, radiant gold tone. A red ruby and two shimmering natural pearls in star-shaped deepened settings adorn the center. On the back, a glazed compartment allows you to hold a lock of hair, a photo, or similar sentimental mementos.

Always on the lookout for the right forms, by 1875 jewelry had already been created in Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque designs. As a new fashion, the still existing affinity to classical antiquity now pointed jewelry designers in a new direction. Spectacular archaeological finds in Italy opened up the jewelry world of antiquity for the first time, and above all the findings of the mysterious Etruscan people in Tuscany provided decisive impulses for the goldsmiths of the late 19th century.

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