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Victorian gold mourning brooch, in the back is a piece of thick glass that covers a place for a memento or photo. The locket is lined with a piece of black, grosgrain ribbon. Now on sale, was $265

The front is elaborate and richly ornamented with repousse detail; the different layers are soldered together and topped with a large garnet like a cake. The garnet is a deep red with flashes of orange. I have not had the stone tested, but believe it is natural. It is not glass.

This piece seems to be a mixture of gold fill and solid 10k gold. The widest layer at the bottom shows wear to the gold finish on the tips and brass peeks through. The tops layer tests as 10k and it appears to be solid but I am selling this piece as gold fill. The metal shows traces of patina and verdi gris.

Tube set pin with a C style clasp. The pin has a repair with visible solder and a small bend. Seems like a solid fix to me. Closes securely. There is a small ring on the back, this may have had a safety chain attached at one time.

Measures about 1 1/8 inches in diameter. The garnet measures 1/4 of an inch in diameter and the glass lens in back measures about 5/8 of an inch in diameter. Weight is 6.9 grams.

Minor surface wear on the front, deeper marks on the back, probably damage when the glass was removed to make the repair to the pin. The glass is deeply etched in three small places, near the tube, please see photos. I have not tried to remove the glass and would advise against it except by an experienced jeweler

Circa 1890. High Victorian style.

SALE ~ Victorian Gold Mourning Locket Brooch with Garnet


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  • Vintage item from the 1800s
  • Materials: 10k gold, garnet, 10k gold fill over brass
  • Only ships within United States.
  • Feedback: 369 reviews
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