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Here is a truly magnificent antique photo locket that exemplifies the quality of hand engraving compared to either machine engraving or just having a pattern stamped out. Made in 18 carat yellow gold in the Victorian era of the 1880's, both sides of this locket is just as beautiful as the other.The quality of the engraving is truly exceptional and combined with an amazing design and tactile feel to it, this locket is just exquisite. The time and skill needed to do this work would have been immense and showcases the quality of the work by the jewellers all those years ago. Measuring 33.2mm across by 39mm plus the bail for a chain to pass through, inside it can hold two photos to make it so personal and charming. No matter which side you choose to wear facing forward, there is little doubt that it will always be admired. Stock# ES9726 Circa: 1880 $3,800
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Going back as far as Roman times, after a letter was sealed with wax, the writer would stamp the still warm wax with his or her seal to prevent the wrong person from opening the letter, as once broken, the wax seal could not be used again. Remaining popular all through the Georgian and Victorian periods right up to the Edwardian era, the look of seals are always so unique to one another and look wonderful on a necklace where they are commonly worn today. And this one is even more special, as it is not only a very attractive seal, but it also contains a secret locket compartment set into the base. Made in 9 carat rose gold in the late 1800's, the design itself is so attractive and measures 3.2cm tall and the base 2.2cm by 1.8cm. The base is set with carnelian which has a lovely colour to it that is complimented so well by the rose gold, and once people see that there is a locket under, it will truly amaze them. As exciting today as when it was made, this antique seal locket will always be such a wonderful talking point. Stock# ES9601 Circa: 1890 $Sold.
The design of this antique brooch is so beautiful and will look so elegant on any outfit day or night, and has the added advantage of being able to be used as a locket that is set into the back. Made in 18 carat yellow gold in the 1870's, the brooch measures 47.2mm across by 34.4mm and has such a lovely rich golden yellow colour to it combined with an elegant scroll design on all sides. In the centre are five antique European cut diamonds that come together to total 0.32 carats and two lovely vibrant rubies that total 0.12 carats. Perfect for any occasion, this is typical of the elegance of mid-Victorian jewellery from when this was made. Stock# ES9320 Circa: 1870 $3,250
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This antique brooch is not only so exquisitely detailed and made, but a wonderful example of early Australian jewellery which has become increasingly sought after and collectable in recent years. Made in the 1870's in 15 carat gold, the colour of the gold has wonderful rich colour that looks amazing set against any outfit. The brooch is set with one rich burgundy coloured garnet and two chrysoberyls that have a lovely soft yellow-green colour that sit perfectly against the warm tone of the gold. However it is the detail in this brooch which is truly extraordinary and a real testament to the quality of jewellery that was produced in Australia in the 19th century. With the brooch measuring 36.2mm across by 74.1mm, this will certainly stand out on any outfit and get the admiration that it rightly deserves every time that it is worn. The workmanship is as good as one could ever hope to find on early Australian jewellery and to make this brooch even more exciting, the front hinges open to reveal a locket compartment. And to complete the picture, it still retains its original fitted box adding that extra charm to an already truly exceptional brooch. This is a superb example of early Australian jewellery work at its finest. Stock# ES9285 Circa: 1870 $5,850
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Here is a truly magnificent and exceptional antique locket that dates from the late Victorian era of the 1890's and is so unique and like no other and will certainly be such a wonderful talking piece that will always be loved and admired every time that it is worn. Measuring 34mm across by 45mm or 57.5mm to the top of the bail, on the front is an image of a woman playing a flute sitting next to a turtle. This is such an exquisite depiction and one that will have you admiring it every time it is around your neck. With fine hand engraving of a body of water, tree and a small hill, both the woman and the turtle are highlighted in rose and the rare green gold. Gold is alloyed with other metals that results in producing different colours. Rose gold is made by primarily adding copper to the gold when being alloyed resulting in the lovely warm tone to it, and today when green gold is made the green colour is more a soft green-yellow colour. However years ago cadmium was added resulting in a stronger colour. While never a strong green such as yellow or white gold, the tone of green in antique pieces is more pronounced especially when set against sterling silver. Able to hold two photos inside, this antique locket is as beautiful as it is unique and once photos are placed inside, this will become so much more personal and special. Stock# ES9238 Circa: 1890 $Sold.
This antique locket was made in the late Victorian period of the 1890's and is as beautiful today as when it was made well over a century ago, and will not only always be admired for its elegance and beauty, but once photos of loved ones are placed inside, will make this even more special and personal to the wearer. Made in 15 carat gold, the locket measures 33.1mm across by 41.4mm or 56.3mm to the top of the bail and will look amazing on such a multitude of chain and necklace designs, and with the gorgeous 0.12 carat European cut diamond sparkling in the centre, there is no doubt that this antique photo locket will always capture the eye. Able to hold two photos inside, this is a magnificent example of a late Victorian photo locket that will never go out of fashion or style. Stock# ES9185 Circa: 1890 $2,800
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Made in the late 1800's, there is no doubt that this antique niello locket is so stark and magnificent to admire from near or far, and once photos of people close to you are placed inside, this will become an even more special and very sentimental piece of antique jewellery to wear with pride. Contrary to popular thought, niello is actually not an enamelling technique, rather it is a blackening technique produced as an alloy of sulfur with copper, silver and lead. Once produced it is then used to fill the channels that have been previously engraved into the metal, and after a few more steps including polishing, the result is a wonderful contrast of colours in often a beautiful design as can be seen on the front of this locket. The design is spectacular and a testament to the craftsmanship of what could be produced all those years ago. Perfect to be worn any time of the day or night and for any occasion, the locket measures 25.8mm across by 33.6mm or 46.1mm to the top of the bail. Able to hold two photos inside, this will certainly always continue to be loved and cherished. Stock# ES7856 Circa: 1890 $Sold.
There is something so beautiful about antique photo lockets, from the design down to the detail, as well as the symbolism many used in the design, such as this beautiful antique photo locket that has a bunch of grapes on one side. Made in 15 carat gold in the late Victorian period of the 1890's, both sides to this beautiful locket look so beautiful and have been expertly and exquisitely hand engraved. The immense amount of time needed to hand engrave this locket would have been incredible and is a testament to the quality and attention to detail that was put into this locket. Grapes are believed to have been the forbidden fruit of the Tree of Knowledge in the Garden of Eden, and they have been said to signify fertility, sacrifice, hospitality, and charity. It as said that to dream of grapes foretold to the maiden that her husband will be cheerful and if the dreamer was in love, the grapes foretold of a speedy union, with much happiness in the marriage. It is because of this, grapes will often be seen in antique jewellery in not only Victorian jewellery, but even pieces much earlier. Measuring 28mm across by 33.5mm, this is the perfect size to be able to wear all the time and inside it will hold two photos. With such beautiful engraving on both sides, it truly will not matter which side is facing forward when being worn, as each are so beautiful to admire from near or far - indeed the closer you get to it, the more you can appreciate how much detail there is. Its incredible to think that this was made well over 100 years ago, and is not only still in wonderful condition, but just as beautiful today as when it was made. Stock# ES8836 Circa: 1890 $2,150
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The design on this locket is so beautiful and stylish and is made even more incredible when you consider that it was made well over 100 years ago in 1881, yet still has such a modern look and design to it. Made in sterling silver, the locket measures 35.3mm across by 44.1mm and holds two photos inside. The design on the front is so amazing to admire. From the pattern in the centre giving it such a modern look to it, to the Etruscan style border around it to the very edge of the locket with such a wonderful design that will allow this locket to look perfect on an antique silver collar, a plain silver chain, or even a thick black ribbon or cord. So elegant, this antique locket is one that will always be loved and admired. Stock# ES9083 Hallmarked: Birmingham 1881 $795
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With beautiful hand engraving on both sides, this antique locket will sit and look perfect on any chain around the neck, and once photos are placed inside, becomes so much more special to the wearer. Made in 9 carat rose gold in 1915, many antique lockets were made as back and front lockets which were made by having two sheets of gold sandwiched over a base metal, and although these are perfectly fine, there is something more special about ones made in solid gold such as this one here. The colour of the rose gold is just divine having such a warm tone to it as well as having a place in the front that can be engraved with initials if one wishes. Measuring 16.2mm across by 20.5mm or 32.8mm to the top of the bail, inside this locket can hold two photos and is just perfect for any time of the day or night. Stock# ES9056 Hallmarked: Birmingham 1915 $Sold.
With such a beautiful design on the front, this sterling silver antique locket dates from the 1890's and has a wonderful floral design on the front that is highlighted with green gold. Gold can be alloyed with other metals such as copper to produce rose gold, and while not common today, modern green gold is made it is a very soft green-yellow colour, however years ago it was made by adding cadmium to the alloy resulting in a stronger colour. While never a strong green such as yellow or white gold, the tone of green in antique pieces is more pronounced especially when set against sterling silver as can be seen here on the front to emphasise the leaf design. This subtle colour comes through so lovely and adds such a wonderful unique aspect that makes it so much more unique than any modern that is just mass produced today. With a gorgeous border as well as a design running vertically down the front, the locket measures 36.5mm across by 44.8mm or 57.2mm to the top of the bail. Able to hold two photos inside, this is such a beautiful example of a genuine antique locket that will always be admired and loved. Stock# ES9020 Circa: 1890 $Sold
Made in the late Victorian period of the 1890's, this antique locket in sterling silver is not only so attractive to admire from near or far, but also has a wonderful sentiment attached. Measuring 25.3mm across by 30.7mm or 43.2mm to the top of the bail, the design on the front is of a buckle which is a traditional design often seen in Victorian jewellery and represented a binding love, and then it is further highlighted with an ivy, that represented ever lasting love, friendship or marriage. Then all of this is further highlighted with the exquisite hand engraving that shows how much care and attention went into making this locket all those years ago. Able to easily hold two photos inside, this is not only a beautiful example of a genuine antique locket, but one with so much charm and sentiment attached. Stock# ES9017 Circa: 1890 $Sold.