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The creation of this necklace was inspired by an 1884 portrait of Lady Seaton by Edward Long. In the portrait she is wearing the famed Drake Jewel suspended by a triple strand of pearls. The Drake Jewel was given to Sir Francis Drake by Queen Elizabeth in the 16th century and it is one of the most rare surviving pieces of that time.

This necklace features an early Victorian locket suspended from a trio of strands of pearls, similar to the necklace worn by Lady Seaton. The locket is made of pinchbeck (a gold tone alloy) in an Etruscan Revival motif and dates to around 1870. It is in near mint condition with one photo frames intact and present. It measures 2 inches from the top of the bail to the bottom of the locket, is just over 1 inch wide, and is 1/2 an inch thick.

I selected the finest quality freshwater pearls imported from Japan. They measure 6mm round and they look almost exactly like cultured pearls with a rich luster only found in high quality specimens. The strands are attached to an antiqued brass magnetic locking clasp. The smallest strand measures 16 inches and the longest is 22 inches long.

Stunning!








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Rachael Victoria Adams

The Lady Seaton Necklace II - Upcylced Circa 1870s Victorian Etrusan Revival Locket Genuine Pearls - Altered Heirlooms Nouveau Motley

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  • Materials: metal, brass, pearl
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