Antique Victorian crystal locket, also known as pool of light. A bright round crystal orb in two parts, with tiny, sparkling scallop cuts to the edges near the bezels. This is a rather rare, unusually large piece. Designed to dramatically magnify a miniature image, and set it in a flood of light. Worn empty, the piece reflects ambient bodies (other people in the room, your hand, etc) with a mesmerizing camera obscura effect. Set in a simple brass frame with a darkened old edge. Both crystals are in remarkably good condition, one microfine bubble in each, and only one smalll, faintly visible scratch. This piece was at one point gold plated. Very little of this plating remains, a beautiful wear exposes the deep patina of the brass beneath it. Functioning flawlessly. I've added an 18 inch gold fill chain. A very collectible and uncommonly large antique crystal locket.
One inch / 25 mm in diameter