Antique Gold-Filled Etruscan Revival Locket Necklace

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This necklace features an antique, Etruscan Revival gold-filled locket, c. 1900, with a vertical row of turquoise stones on a chain made from handwoven gold-filled chainmaille and antique book chain links. The locket dangles from a beautifully detailed bail and drops about 2" from a center 10mm gold-filled jump ring.   The reverse features an oval opening 20 mm high and 10 mm wide with glass and frame to hold a photograph.  

Details and Materials

  • Locket is 1 1/4" high and 1" at its widest
  • Necklace is 19" in length and can clasp shorter
  • Chain contains gold-filled chainmaille and book chain links
  • Gold-filled lobster clasp closure

Origin Story

Lockets gained popularity during the Victorian era after Queen Victoria wore a mourning locket with a photo inside of her beloved husband Albert every day, setting a fashion trend. Prior to his passing, her husband had gifted her with a charm bracelet with eight lockets, each containing a lock of hair from each of their children.