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Antique Rose Gold-Filled Locket with Etched Swallow in Flight

$220.00

Antique Rose Gold-Filled Locket with Etched Swallow in Flight

$220.00

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Description

This necklace features an antique rose gold-filled locket, circa 19th century, with an etched image of a swallow in flight embedded with paste stones.   The locket's interior picture frame is marked "B MFG CO."  It easily opens and securely snaps shut and is suspended from a handwoven chain made of oxidized sterling silver and rose gold-filled jump rings.  

Details

  • locket is 28 mm in diameter
  • necklace is 17" long

Materials

  • gold-filled locket
  • sterling silver jump rings
  • rose gold-filled jump rings
  • gold-filled toggle clasp

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. 

Swallows were a popular motif in Victorian jewelry and symbolized home and heart - swallows were said to be the first birds seen on ships as they approached land, and were also known to mate for life.