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This item sold on September 25, 2012.

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Stunning antique Art Nouveau gold locket on a dark garnet beaded necklace. The locket features an embossed classic nouveau beauty in profile inside a wreath with 3 tiny dark stones to her left. Please note, the gold is quite shiny so there are shadows in the photos, but the front has no plate wear. The locket measures 1 inch (26mm) in diameter and opens on the left with a small notch to reveal two spaces inside, one empty and one with a photo ring (no coverings). Both sides are marked "81"--a practice of numbering was done to ensure lockets were properly matched. The locket closes securely with a quiet snap. The backside is plain and the top has a swivel clip which attaches to the garnet necklace and gives it a subtle y-design. The necklace, composed of beads on some sort of faded cotton string, measures just about 15.5 inches (39.5cm) in total length. The beads vary slightly but average about 4mm at their widest and the clasp is an older style that slides in and latches on the side. The metal parts (clasp, clip, and locket) appear to have gold content, likely gold filled with a beautiful warm glow, but they are unmarked/untested. Difficult to tell but the locket may have originally come from a watch fob and was attached later. Slight surface scratches and teeny tiny nicks to the locket front and back, and a couple tiny file marks on the bottom left where the piece may have been gold tested. There is slight tarnish/discoloration inside, and a tiny bit of verdigris on the clasp and around the stones (seen under loupe). The beads are a bit scuffed and chippy in spots, not noticeable without close examination, and they appear old. Overall a gorgeous wearable piece!

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SALE Art Nouveau Locket Garnet Beaded Necklace


  • Vintage item from 1900 - 1909
  • Materials: metal, garnet
  • Ships worldwide from United States
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