18K solid gold pendant Victorian era opening photo locket Onyx and Seed pearls pendant Stamped fine gold jewelry Napoléon era jewellery


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Vintage from the 19th century


Glass, Gold, Stone

Gemstone: Onyx


Locket height: 4 Centimeters; Locket width: 2.4 Centimeters

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Material: 18K solid gold, onyx, demi pearls, glass, photograph
Size: 1 5/8" x 15/16" (4cm x 2.4cm)
Weight: 13.1g
Period: Napoléon, Victorian, Circa 1880
Style: photo locket, pendant
Origin: France
Provenance: an estate sale
Condition: very good (a small pearl is missing)
Additional remarks: stamped with the French eagle head assay mark to guarantee its 18K solid gold content. Also features traces of a maker's mark. It has also been professionally tested to be 18-carat solid gold content.

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This beautiful pendant is crafted in 18K solid gold, black onyx and demi-pearls.

Originally crafted to hold the photo of a loved one, a sort of memento, in the nineteenth century, it soon became the way to celebrate the life of someone passing. And, as a permanent imprint of that life, the photo symbolized the memory of a special person. As such, it became priceless and is placed under a protective glass for permanency.

Such is the case for the young boy photo which has remained in this beautiful locket. The new owner may wish to replace it with a more personal photo while, perhaps, having a tender thought for the young man whose photo was probably the precious representation of a beloved deceased.

The locket is decorated with a relief applique which features curlicues and volutes. It contains 7 demi-pearls including two larger ones. But one of the smaller pearl is missing. All of the pearls have high luster and excellent nacre.

This pendant makes a wonderful accessory. If worn with just a simple black cord, it makes a wonderful complement to the lustrous black onyx. It can also be worn with a chain. The best option would be a substantial 18 carat solid gold. If you are interested, just ask. We have a few that would go perfectly with this piece.

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*Information on gold jewelry:

- 24K gold is pure gold. (it is not really used in jewellery because it is too soft and not practical for daily wear.)
-18K gold contains 18 parts gold and 6 parts of one or more additional metals, making it 75% gold. This level of fineness is used extensively in French and Italian jewelry and in most quality pieces)
-14K gold contains 14 parts gold and 10 parts of one or more additional metals, making it 58.3% gold. (It is used extensively in the US)
-12K gold contains 12 parts gold and 12 parts of one or more additional metals, making it 50% gold.
-10K gold contains 10 parts gold and 14 parts of one or more additional metals, making it 41.7% gold. 10K gold is the minimum standard that can be called "gold" in the United States.
Antique jewelry and rare items often contain the lower level of fineness, but their value is based on a myriad of other factors.

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