Antique Nouveau Locket on Handwoven Chainmaille Necklace

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This necklace features an antique gold-filled locket, c. 1910, with repousee details, paste stones and an art nouveau floral design (a lily?), on a handwoven, gold-filled chain. The locket dangles from an antique pocket watch clip. There is a cursive monogram inscribed on the reverse side of the locket (R.U.).

Details and Materials

  • Locket is 1" in diameter
  • Necklace is 19" in length and can clasp shorter
  • Locket drops 2 1/4" from the chain with the clip
  • Clasps with gold-filled spring ring
  • Inside of locket is missing photo rims
  • One side of the locket (not visible from the front) shows some flaking, possibly from where this was once gold-tested

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.