This antique Japanese Shakudo locket is destined to always be admired for its beauty and detail each and every time that it is worn, and will no doubt be worn with pride.
Made from a material called Shakudo, this is an alloy of gold and copper of around 4 to 10% of gold and 90 to 96% copper. It was originally designed for fittings on swords such as the katana, and other pieces such as the kozuka (the grip of a small knife). When the samurai class grew obsolete, the shakudo masters turned their attention to jewellery, resulting in some truly fabulous pieces such as this locket.
With a wonderful colouring to the material, this allows for a scene to stand out so beautifully, and in this case there is a woman in such a finely detailed dress sitting in front of a large pot. The detail in this scene will have you admiring it up close, and even from a distance there is no doubt that it will always be admired.
Able to hold a photo on the reverse side, the locket measures 36mm in diameter 50mm to the top of the split ring bail, and will look perfect sitting around the neck.
This is such a wonderful antique locket, and one that is as unique as it is special.
Antique Shakudo locket made in the 1870's
This antique Shakudo locket is typical of work by the jewellers of Japan who used to make swords.
What is Shakudo?
Shakudo is an alloy of gold and copper, having around 4 to 10% gold and 90 to 96% copper, and was originally designed for swords such as the katana (long sword) fittings and other pieces such as the kozuka (the grip of a small knife) Japanese swords, and after the end of the samurai class grew obsolete, the shakudo masters turned their attention to jewellery.
Where can I buy antique jewellery in Australia?
At Kalmar Antiques in the Queen Victoria Building in Sydney. Kalmar Antiques has one of the largest range of genuine antique jewellery and watches in Australia.
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